The Corridors Proceedings are an online open-access and print publication that consists of papers developed by project participants, presented during the workshop and in the framework of the fellowships. Furthermore, our workshop facilitators provide insights from their work in the field of peacebuilding and dialogue. The publication provides the readers with first-hand research from the different regions of Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus from young scholars and established researchers and practitioners. In this way, the edited volumes contribute to the exchange of knowledge between the regions affected by protracted conflicts, and to raising awareness in international discourses.
The year 2021 was incredibly turbulent for the Caucasus and peacebuilding initiatives there. Despite the challenging circumstances, Corridors successfully implemented the project ‘Advancing Young Peacebuilder Careers II’ in cooperation with our regional partners Centre for Humanitarian Programs (Sukhum/i), Youth and Community Action Club (Samakhbyur), and Civic IDEA (Tbilisi).
The project aims to build young peace actors’ capacities and create new prospects for internationalization and professionalization. Moreover, the project aims to advance the understanding of protracted conflicts, facilitate research on related aspects, and strengthen local research capacities and networking in peace and conflict. For this purpose, we organized three workshops in 2021 with young scholars, activists, and experts from Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Russia. There, participants received trainings on developing research designs, scientific writing skills, and civic awareness-raising by international and local experts and scholars.
Finally, the participants also focused on developing their own research articles or policy and opinion papers, applying the learned skills and knowledge. The Corridors Proceedings Vol. III presents the selected results of these research and writing processes and contributes the exchange of knowledge both within the region and internationally. It provides the reader with first-hand insights, analysis, and opinions from young scholars and peacebuilders from the Caucasus region.
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.