The year 2020 was incredibly turbulent for the Caucasus and peacebuilding initiatives working there. Despite the challenging circumstances, Corridors successfully implemented the project ‘Advancing Young Peacebuilder Careers’ in cooperation with our regional partners Respublika Idei (Sukhum/i), Youth and Community Action Club (Samakhbyur), Humanitarian Research Public Union (Baku), Civic IDEA (Tbilisi), and Kabardino-Balkaria State University (Nalchik).
Sixteen young experts from Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Russia participated in the project, which combined academic input, practical training, and regional exchange. They learned vital concepts of peacebuilding and conflict studies and strengthened essential skills in academic writing and mediation. In particular, the participants developed and discussed their own research articles or policy and opinion papers applying the learned skills and knowledge.
This publication consists of ten selected papers that have been developed, presented, discussed, and reviewed during the project. It provides the reader with first-hand insights, analysis, and opinions from young scholars and peacebuilders from the Caucasus region. In this way, the edited volume facilitates the exchange of knowledge both within the region and internationally. Sincere gratitude to our engaged colleagues, inspiring and courageous participants, and the German Federal Foreign Office for its generous funding.
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.
The Corridors Proceedings are an online open-access and print publication that consists of the papers developed by the 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 publication contributes to the exchange of knowledge between the regions affected by protracted conflicts and to raising awareness in international discourses.
The Corridors Proceedings Vol. I "Obstacles and Opportunities for Dialogue and Cooperation in Protracted Conflicts" (ISBN 978-3-945232-01-9 ) provides the reader with fresh research from young scholars and established researchers and practitioners. All of the papers offer a different perspective on the diverse set of obstacles and opportunities for dialogue and cooperation in protracted conflicts. Most importantly, the contributions add the local perspective to a debate that is dominated by Western scholars who sometimes lack in-depth knowledge of the different cases. This provides us with a more nuanced picture of the specific structures, elements, dynamics and consequences of protracted conflicts. Meanwhile, the authors also identified opportunities to (re-)establish dialogue and cooperation in respect of the conflict divide.
This publication presents the key results of our 2017 project “Dialogue through Cooperation” funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the framework of the East-West dialogue. The booklet summarizes our recent activities, outlines the main conceptual framework and explains the overall objectives of Corridors. We thank the DAAD for their previous and ongoing support.