Discussing Georgia and the Region Program promotes international dialogue about the pressing needs of Georgia and the region and provides a forum for the international community to discuss cooperative solutions in the wider European context, where civil society can bring more transparency and accountability to the critical processes required for successful development. Since its inception in 2008, EPF, in cooperation with the Robert Bosch Stiftung and other European partners, bring together representatives of foreign governments, practitioners in the field, and experts in the areas of democracy, peace-building, European alignment, media and other development issues.
State and Society Building in Georgia: Context and Challenges
On September 28, 2016 Europe Foundation in cooperation with the Danish Foreign Policy Society organized a seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark: State and Society Building in Georgia: Context and Challenges. The purpose of the seminar was to take stock of social and political developments in Georgia. The keynote speakers of the seminar provided the overview of situation in Georgia with regard to the issues of good governance, ethnic minorities, media landscape, business environment and political culture. In their presentations, the presenters also touched upon the external factors influencing Georgia’s transformation process, war and conflict in Georgia and its effect on the population and the regional security.
- Presentation by Nino Khurtsidze: Governance in Georgia: Perspectives on Civic Participation
- Presentation by Arnold Stepanian: Minority Issues in Georgia
- Presentation by Maia Mikashavidze: Georgian Media Trends
- Presentation by Paata Gaprindashvili: Regional Security and Stability Issues for Georgia
Georgia and Peaceful Conflict Resolution
On September 25, 2012, EPF, in cooperation with the Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung organized seminar Georgia and Peaceful Conflict Resolution.
Conceptualizing on civil society’s role in peace-building, the seminar took a comprehensive view – looking backward to what civil society has been able to accomplish and forward to post-conflict opportunities. The seminar also capitalized on the potential of both genders to contribute to conflict mitigation and peace building. This one-day event brought together practitioners in the areas of development and conflict transformation to discuss these dynamics and address the most effective process for building peace.
- Data Presentation by George Zarubin: Conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia
- H.E. Ambassador Heidemaria GÜRER's speech
- H.E. Ambassador Paata Gaprindashvili speech
- Presentation by Pavel Baev: Russia Upholds Status Quo in the Sea Change
- Presentation by Christine Sommer: Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding
- Presentation by Liana Kvarchelia: Opportunities and Limitations for Civil society in the Conflict Transformation Process
- Presentation by Susan Allen Nan: Civil Society Roles in Peacebuilding
- Presentation by Tamar Tavartkiladze: Women, Peace and Security: Global Developments and Local Practice
- Presentation by Lira Kozaeva: Challenges to Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding
Dark Spots & Bright Spots in Peacebuilding – Civil Society’s Role
Eurasia Partnership Foundation, in cooperation with the Swiss Peace Foundation - Swisspeace and The Bosch Foundation held a seminar “South Caucasus : Dark Spots & Bright Spots in a Peacebulding: Civil Society’s Role” in Bern, Switzerland on March 27, 2012.
Please find the post-seminar notes.
The fight for influence in the South Caucasus - What role for the EU?
Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), in cooperation with the European Policy Centre and the Robert Bosch Foundation held international seminar about EU’s role in the South Caucasus in Brussels, Belgium on 14 December 2011.
Please find the post-seminar report.
Perceptions about Georgia: Leading or Loosing the struggle for Democracy
A joint seminar on May 10th by Clingendael Institute and the Eurasian Partnership Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, debated the state of the rule of law and democracy in Georgia, and the possible application of a “Georgian model” in the wider region.
Following a keynote speech by Robert de Groot, Dutch Director General for European Cooperation, high level speakers and participants from the Georgian government (including Vice Prime Minister Giorgi Baramidze), parliament (including opposition leader Irakli Alasania), media and civil society, from EPF’s regional network, and the European Union were asked to present their views in three panels. These different views generated an impressive and constructive debate on the state of democracy in Georgia.
The final question about a Georgian model and its applicability elsewhere in the region led to interesting, multifaceted responses. In conclusion it can be said that the debate about sensitive political issues in Georgia took place in a truly constructive atmosphere of which all participants can be proud.
The EU and Civil Society in the South Caucasus: a Common Effort to Build Sustainable Peace
On June 10, 2010, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), in partnership with theRobert Bosch Stiftung and the German Association for East European Studies (DGO) held an international conference -The EU and Civil Society in the South Caucasus: a Common Effort to Build Sustainable Peace, in Berlin, Germany. The aim of the event was to take stock of the institutional setting which civil society organisations were facing and identify opportunities for confidence-building initiatives suitable to reduce mistrust, to hold governments accountable and to support the EU’s conflict resolution activities in particular.
Ascertaining Facts: The Georgian War & The Impact on Media in the War-torn South Caucasus
Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), in cooperation with the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki, and the Wider Europe Network hold international events in Helsinki, Finland on September 9 & 10, 2009. The EPF’s Seminar of September 9 Ascertaining Facts: The Georgian War & The Impact on Media in the War-torn South Caucasus started with the book presentation by Anna-Lena Laurén, There are no masters in the mountains – on the Caucasus and its people. Anna-Lena Laurén is Moscow correspondent of Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE). Alexander Stubb, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland made opening remarks and spoke about his experience with Georgian war. On September 10 EPF was asked to organize an afternoon session in the Wider Europe Network seminar From Northern Dimension to Eastern Partnership – the evolving European Neighborhood Policy in the East about the Finnish Wider Europe Initiative. Both seminars were the high-level events that brought together representatives of foreign governments, practitioners and experts in the areas of media, European Initiatives, and the development. Both international events afforded a wonderful opportunity for discussions that facilitate furthering the partnerships between the South Caucasus and Finland, in the wider European context, where civil society can bring more transparency and accountability to the critical processes required for successful development.
Georgia’s Post Rose Revolution Challenges and Civil Society’s Response
In September, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs hosted a seminar in Stockholm, Sweden to discuss Georgia’s Post Rose Revolution Challenges and Civil Society’s Response.
Over the past four years, Georgia has made great strides in both state-building and economic growth. However, market reforms have not provided equal benefits for much of the population and there is insufficient engagement of civil society in policy-formation and decision-making processes. Furthermore, the recent armed conflict between Russia and Georgia has significantly challenged the government of Georgia and exacerbated these issues.
The one-day seminar consisted of several panel sessions that addressed three major processes shaping Georgia’s development today: internal politics and civic participation, European integration and conflict resolution. The seminar was a high level event that brought together experts in civil society development to highlight the role of civil society in overcoming the many challenges currently confronting the state and society.
Please find the post-seminar notes.