August 29, 2018, 6.15 pm, Europa-Universität Viadrina
Große Scharrnstraße 59, 15230 Frankfurt/Oder, HG 109
Dr. Jurij Aston (Berlin), Deputy Head of the Ukraine Task Force, German Foreign Office
Professor Dr. Lars Kirchhoff (Frankfurt/Oder), Director of the Institute for Conflict Management
Varvara Pakhomenko (Kyïv), Geneva Call Representative for Ukraine
The collapse of the USSR ushered in several decades of instability in the post-Soviet region marked by a few intra- and interstate military conflicts, an overwhelming majority of which was triggered or entrenched by the issues of ethnic and national identity. The tendency for these conflicts to be protracted in time with the interchanging periods of low and high intensity necessitates an effective combination of short-term peacekeeping measures and long-term peacebuilding initiatives that could invest into the future stability of the region. In addition to that, proponents of hybrid turn in peacebuilding theory call for the necessity to engage local actors and international institutions of various kind into a more comprehensive dialogue and cooperation for the sake of more sustainable peacebuilding efforts. In a leap from theory back to practice this begs the question, to which extent the conflicts in the post-Soviet space lend themselves to such hybrid approaches in peacebuilding practices and how the situation on the ground looks for stakeholders and actors from various fields and levels of action.
Moderation: Dr. Cécile Druey Schwab (Bern), Senior Researcher at University Bern
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