Public Debates on "Conflict Transformation" The International Dimension of Regional Conflicts: The cases of Georgia and Ukraine Post-Soviet conflict zones have internal and external dimensions. Internally, countries have to deal with the IDPs, a constant threat of spillover effects from the disputed territories and the human dimension of conflicts. Externally, other players use these conflicts to manipulate and control the affected countries. Germany and the regional conflicts in Georgia hbs Tbilisi Office hosted the public lecture by H.E. Hubert Knirsch, German Ambassador to Georgia "Germany and the regional conflicts in Georgia". Russia's Hybrid Warfare in Ukraine and Georgia Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Tbilisi Office - South Caucasus Region organized the public debate "Russia’s hybrid warfare in Ukraine and Georgia". Why the Post-Communist Grey Zone Is Still Grey: Causes and Future Scenarios There are five potential solutions to the problem of Ukraine's, Georgia's, Moldova's and Azerbaijan's current location in a security-political nowhere-land. They include a Western-Russian grand bargain, NATO accession, EU membership, US security guarantees, and the Intermarium. Yet, none of these models has so far materialized. Why is that the case? Public Lecture by Thomas De Waal Taking the Long View: Georgia’s Conflicts in an International Context is a Public Lecture by Thomas De Waal, that took place on January 10, 2019, at HBS Tbilisi Office - South Caucasus Region. By Thomas de Waal Armenian-Georgian Cooperation on the Edges of Contradicting Political Projects On November 20, 2015, the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted public debate Armenian-Georgian Cooperation on the Edges of Contradicting Political Projects. Here we present video of the event. Geneva Process and Peaceful Transformation of Conflicts: A New Political Reality What is the new political reality, and what does peaceful transformation imply? What are the most important problems of the Geneva process? Crisis of Democratization and Transformation of Ethno-Political Conflicts in the South Caucasus What hinders resolution of the conflicts in the South Caucasus, especially since there is no fundamental problem of ethnic tension between individuals? Thomas de Waal, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace states that the people involved in the conflict have nothing against each other. Poti and Tskaltubo: Empowering Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Parliamentary Election Context On 3rd and 4th of June, 2012 within the frameworks of the project “Empowering Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Parliamentary Election Context”, initiated by the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, two roundtable discussions were held in Poti and Tskaltubo. The goal of the initiated project is to promote and strengthen the civil activism and participation of IDPs in political processes and encourage political parties to integrate into their party programs the issues important and crucial for IDPs. IDPs in Georgia and their integration within the today’s Georgian society Public discourse on the issue of IDP integration in characterized by various attitudes – IDPs themselves often consider integration as a factor hindering return to their homes and are less likely to view this process as a positive change either for them or for a wider societal life. For that reason, there exists diversity of approaches while defining the term “integration.” Born in Exile – New Generation of IDPs with Old Problems The issue of the integration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) into local communities is still problematic for our country. The lack of integration is the issue not only for an older generation of IDPs from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but also for those born in displacement. New generations of IDPs also suffer from this problem. Internally Displaced Persons of the Samegrelo Region: Problems and Integration in the Local Society After almost two decades of the ethnic conflicts in the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the legacy of the displacement remains a reality for 246,000 internally displaced people in Georgia. The number of internally displaced population is substantial for a small country like Georgia, comprising 6% of the total population. The Situation in the Northern Caucasus and Possible Influence on the Security and Stability of Georgia On 20 October 2010, the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted a public debate about the current situation in the Northern Caucasus and its possible influence on the security and stability of Georgia. Georgian-Abkhaz Youth Dialogue: Perspectives and Challenges The Georgian and the Abkhaz youth have very limited opportunities to meet and interact with each other. Occasionally, with the support of various international organizations working on the conflict in the breakaway regions of Georgia, meetings and forums between the Georgian and the Abkhaz youth take place. The Georgian-Russian Relations: Perspectives for Restoring the Dialogue On 2 June 2010, the HBS invited experts, representatives of non-governmental organizations, political parties and interested individuals for a debate on the theme of “The Georgian-Russian Relations: Perspectives for Restoring the Dialogue”. Local Self-Government, Upcoming Local Elections and IDPs – accountability, responsibility and participation Within the framework of the project “IDP Public Debates” the Heinrich Boell Foundation organized the series of public discussions for the community of IDPs in Gori, Tskaltubo and Zugdidi. The topic of discussions for all three debates was: “Local Self-Government, Upcoming Local Elections and IDPs – accountability, responsibility and participation”. A Little War That Shook the World: Georgia, Russia and the Future of the West “If Poland becomes a member of NATO, there will be nuclear war.” A Russian general delivered that warning to Ronald D. Asmus in the 1990s, on just his third day in the job of advancing the Clinton administration’s policy of NATO enlargement. When Asmus spoke on a panel at the HBF on April 15, 2010, he did not reveal how he answered his pugnacious counterpart. Diplomatically, he also left the general unnamed. The Report of the IIFFMCG: Structural causes and strategic implications of the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008 A packed house greeted the first major public discussion in Georgia about the Tagliavini Report since it was issued. The standing-room-only crowd on November 11, 2009, numbered more than 100 Georgian citizens, joined by numerous members of the international community. 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. The Fate of Georgia’s IDPs: Grief, Challenges, Hopes? Medea Turashvili - International Crisis Group Julia Kharashvili - Head of the Department for External Affairs at the Ministry of IDP Issues of the Georgian Government Marina Pochkhua - IDP Women Association “Consent” Facilitation: Giorgi Gvakharia Problems of Georgian-Russian relations On May 6, 2009 at the Office of Heinrich Boell Foundation the following topics have been discussed: developing and changing of Georgian-Russian relationship, similarities and differences between two countries and the reason of causing problems in their relationship, Russia’s expectations towards Georgia and the reason of its aggression, the public order and perspectives.