Projects and Events on "Conflict Transformation" Workshops on conflict transformation and peace building issues (Closed project) From March 2019 Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office supported a new project which aimed to hold workshops on conflict transformation and peacebuilding issues at four regional universities of Georgia. News and Stories of the South Caucasus - 2019 (Ongoing Project) The Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office continues its cooperation with Netgazeti within the framework of the project News and Stories of the South Caucasus. News from the South Caucasus (2018) (closed project) The cooperation project "News from the South Caucasus" aims to inform Georgian-speaking audience about recent developments in the South Caucasus region through publishing news, analytical articles, interviews and photo essays. (Nagorno-) Karabakh – The Danger of Getting Used to a Conflict From the outset, Germany’s chairmanship of the OSCE, in 2016, promised to be fraught with sizable challenges. One of these challenges came from the recent developments in the South Caucasus, which demonstrated with renewed force that national boundaries in the post-Soviet space, and thus the security situation, are still far from stable. By Nino Lejava Crimea, Russia and Options for Engagement in Abkhazia and South Ossetia Conflicts in the Caucasus have an unfortunate resemblance to volcanoes. They erupt in short and devastating episodes of violence, then for a long period everything is quiet and nothing moves. By Thomas de Waal Stories from the South Caucasus (2014-2015) (closed project) The project Stories from the South Caucasus is implemented in cooperation with netgazeti.ge and its main goal is to produce news and articles regarding to the latest developments of the South Caucasus and accordingly, raise awareness and the level of interest of Georgian population on neighboring countries, as well as conflict regions of Georgia. CAUCADOC (2013) (closed project) The project CAUCADOC was implemented in cooperation with Czech organization People in Need. It was part of a wider program funded by EC to support documentary filmmaking and running in the whole South Caucasus in 2012-14. HBF SC cooperated with project during 2013 by co-funding part of the festival. Voices of South Caucasus (2013) (closed project) The project "Voices of South Caucasus" was implemented in cooperation with Liberali magazine. Articles by journalists from Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia were published in the print and online publication of the magazine. South Caucasus Journalists enhance their Skills in Conflict Sensitive Journalism & Social Media Media plays an enormous role in conflict transformation process and social media tools have proved to be rather efficient in cases when exchange of information and mutual awareness is extremely limited in societies across conflict lines. New media tools not only serve as fast and least costly means of sharing information but also act as online platforms for dialogue, cooperation and networking between civil societies across conflict divides Regional cooperation as an Instrument for Peace Building and Reconciliation – Best Practice and Lessons from Europe On October 10th a group of Georgian and international policy shapers and researchers went to a Field-trip to investigate best practices of regional cooperation between Georgia and Abkhazia. As an impressive example for regional cooperation the group visited the Enguri Dam near the Administrative Border Line. Nachklang – Georgia one year after the war The South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation and Europe House Georgia organized the photo exhibition entitled: “Nachklang – Georgia one year after the war” by the photographer Uwe Schober. IDP Debates in Gori, Tskaltubo and Zugdidi (closed project) The HBF is conducting a new series of debates, dealing with the problems of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia. According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), due to the conflicts in the 1990s and the August war 2008, more than 247,000 people have fled from their hometowns and are now living in settlements or former sanatoriums and hospitals especially in the border regions to the occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Implications of the Georgian-Russian War in 2008 – Strategic Reshaping of the European Sphere? The Georgian-Russian War in August 2008 raised questions towards the strategic configuration of Europe, which are unanswered until today. In Georgia, the HBF is a leading actor running public debates on the August War and its implications for International Politics. The profound discussions which are organized by the Foundation in Tbilisi are an important contribution to democratic development in Georgia. NATIONALITY: HUMAN The South Caucasus Documentary Film Festival of Peace and Human Rights – “Nationality: Human” is a unique traveling film festival that connects the South Caucasus by screening documentary films concerning reconciliation, conflict resolution, and human rights issues, and later encourages audience discussion on the issues the films expose. The festival annually screens between 10 and 12 award winning documentary films. Over the past two years, the festival has traveled to a total of 51 towns and villages. Absence of Will Vakho and Teo, the main heroes of this documentary are twenty-something university graduates from the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Born as the Soviet Union collapsed, they've grown up in the shadow of the wars that tore their country apart in the early nineteen nineties. They're too young to remember the fighting, but like everyone from their generation, their lives have been shaped by the legacy of the violence. Conflict and Migration: The Georgian-Abkhazian Case in a European Context On June 17-20, 2008 South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation together with University of California, Irvine and Conciliation Resources, London, organized a conference “Conflict and Migration: The Georgian-Abkhazian Case in a European Context.” Georgian NATO Accession and Potential Impacts on the Georgian-Abkhaz Peace Process On June 12-15, 2007 South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation together with University of California, Irvine, organized a conference "Georgian NATO Accession and Potential Impacts on the Georgian-Abkhaz Peace Process". Prospects for Georgia and Abkhazia in the context of Black Sea Integration On June 24-27, 2006 South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation together with University of California, Irvine, organized a conference “Prospects for Georgia and Abkhazia in the context of Black Sea Integration”.