Dialogue in Ukraine: Capacities, Options and Challenges (pilot project: May - November 2014)
From May to October 2014, the International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS) in partnership with the European Forum for International Mediation and Dialogue MediatEUr and an international peacebuilding organization Interpeace carried out a pilot project on “Dialogue in Ukraine: capacities, options and challenges” aimed at identifying the need for dialogue at different levels and possible points of entry into the dialogue process. Within the framework of the project, representatives of MediatEUr and Interpeace visited Ukraine two times. During their first visit on 30 June - 4 July 2014, members of the fact-finding mission held a number of meetings with Ukrainian senior officials, representatives of different political parties and civil society, during which they addressed the need for dialogue between the conflict parties at both political and civic levels. Their second visit to Ukraine took place on 14-17 October 2014, during which representatives of ICPS and international organizations held practical seminars in Kyiv and Kharkiv for Ukrainian facilitators who could be potentially engaged in a regulation of social and political conflicts in Ukraine. Over the course of these activities, international experts shared the experience of other countries (including that of Great Britain regarding its conflict with Northern Ireland and Israel concerning its conflict with Palestine) in conflict de-escalation and promotion of peace through dialogue.
In addition, a pilot dialogue was held between local non-governmental organizations and IDPs from eastern Ukraine and Crimea with the participation of Ukrainian and foreign experts. With the support of Karazin Kharkiv National University, a pilot dialogue was held between students that represented different viewpoints on Ukraine’s development and its foreign policy priorities.
Based on the results of the assessment missions, a final report was prepared.
ICPS continues to work on the National dialogue project within the framework of cooperation with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ukraine and Dutch Matra social transformation programme.