We see dialogue as an essential part of building peace. It can help people from across the region to promote change in their societies by engaging with counterparts with vastly differing perspectives on the conflict.
Conciliation Resources focuses on bringing people together – within their own societies and across the conflict divides – to encourage greater understanding and constructive debate about the past, present and future. We facilitate dialogue among experts and activists from all sides of the conflict, creating space for controversial issues to be discussed, assumptions tested and ideas generated. For example, the Karabakh Contact Group format creates a space where potentially ‘overlapping voices’ from Armenian and Azerbaijani societies can come up with new approaches, and non-governmental analysis and recommendations can be channelled to policymakers, both local and international.
More than six years of sustained engagement by CMI have resulted in the creation of a unique cross-conflict platform of emerging professionals who strive to positively transform their political and societal environment. The platform has focused on developing joint confidence-building initiatives between young leaders on different sides of the conflict divides. It also helps to establish formal and informal dialogue channels between emerging professionals, and local and international officials to inform the official peace process. Such initiatives aim to help create demand within the societies for a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
LINKS seeks to help prepare all sides involved in the Karabakh conflict for peace by creating opportunities for dialogue, analysing developments, and researching issues that impact the conflict and conflict settlement process. This often requires challenging deeply entrenched positions and narratives. Working with the European Policy Centre, the International Peace Institute, and other local and international stakeholders, we conduct research, publish analytical papers, hold events, and disseminate information widely. Given the level of distrust, confidence-building between the sides in the conflict will be necessary at all stages: before peace is achieved, throughout peace negotiations, and during reconciliation and rehabilitation. LINKS works with the sides to design, develop and implement confidence-building measures, mostly in the civilian sphere, whenever a window of opportunity presents itself.
International Alert supports a cross-conflict network of journalists and editors from leading media outlets in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh through a series of professional development programmes and collaborative media initiatives. Ongoing dialogue has allowed participating journalists to jointly develop and adhere to a Code of Conduct that guides their work while covering conflict-related issues and is based on principles of journalistic ethics and conflict sensitivity.
Kvinna till Kvinna creates forums for women’s organisations and other civil society across the conflict divide to meet and listen to each other’s contexts, and obstacles and to find common points to sustain and develop peace activism.