Corridors is an initiative that aims to foster dialogue and cooperation between societies from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the European Union. Together with local partners, we develop joint learning and capacity-building opportunities in the field of formal and informal peace education. A specific focus and key competence of Corridors is the facilitation of cross-regional dialogue and cooperation around protracted conflicts in the post-Soviet space and beyond. We develop and implement projects that enhance knowledge transfer and create new opportunities for direct people-to-people contact across the conflict divide. Therefore, joint education and academic cooperation are used as tools to revitalise exchange and cooperation between conflicting sides. In a cross-regional framework, we strive to facilitate cooperation between academic and civil society stakeholders to revitalise dialogue between communities. Corridors aims to enhance awareness and understanding of the context and dynamics around protracted conflicts in specific regions and on an international level. Corridors is designed using a cross-thematic approach, linking capacity building and cooperation in the field of formal and non-formal education with dialogue activities in an innovative way.
The Corridors Summer School "Strengthening Peace Education Capacities in the Caucasus" took place from 05 – 10 October 2020 in Blossin (Germany). Despite the challenging situation in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have been able to organize the summer school for students and recent graduates from Georgia and Germany. Throughout the week German and Georgian experts trained the participants on the fundamentals of conflict analysis and peacebuilding. Moreover, we organized an additional three-day online mediation training for ten young people from Georgia/Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Germany, who could not join the summer school because of travel restrictions. We thank the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for its generous funding and our participants for their commitment to become engaged in the field of conflict transformation in these uncertain times. Further information here.
From 2018 to 2019, Corridors, together with the Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), implemented the project "Cross-Regional Corridors of Dialogue" within the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions. The project pursued three objectives:
The now published report is based on the findings of three workshops with international experts and local civil society actors, research results of the project team, and the longstanding experience of Corridors in the development and facilitation of cross-regional dialogue.