Corridors aims to foster dialogue and cooperation between societies affected by 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. We combine cooperation in the field of higher education and joint learning activities with dialogue activities in an innovative way.
Corridors is designed as a cross-regional and cross-thematic process that can bypass existing structural limitations in bilateral and mono-thematic frameworks. Based on a needs analysis from civil society actors from the various regions, we identified several issues that are of shared interest. These common interests can serve as thematic spaces, which bring actors together in a cross-regional dialogue. The corridor metaphor is used to strengthen the idea of multi-actor, multi-level processes that focus on problem finding dialogue and practical cooperation. The corridor we are building has multiple doors to be opened and closed according to local needs. Corridors is an open process that connects actors from particular thematic spaces on different levels and in cross-regional and bilateral frameworks. We combine cooperation in the field of higher education and joint learning activities with dialogue activities in an innovative way.
The cross-regional and cross-thematic framework creates new opportunities for dialogue and cooperation in areas identified by the actors themselves, in a way that addresses the specific circumstances in each protracted conflict and their commonalities. In this way, Corridors lays a solid foundation for sustainable research-based conflict transformation in the post-Soviet space based. The resulting networks of young experts make the platform an innovation hub, that can ultimately contribute to the strengthening of dialogue and cooperation beyond the conflict divide.