INTER-ETHNIC DIALOGUE AND RECONCILIATION AS AN INVESTMENT IN INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS AND THE LONG TERM SECURITY OF MINORITIES

In recognising the valuable contribution that investment in inter-ethnic dialogue makes to the reconciliation process, this area of research aims to utilise the lessons learned from past initiatives to build the capacities of local actors in developing their own dialogue projects.

  • Mapping of dialogue processes in former Yugoslavia
    This project aims to map major inter-ethnic dialogue initiatives in Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia and Kosovo in order to identify the most common approaches to dialogue and focus on ‘success story’ projects. After careful analysis of the factors that contributed to the success of these projects, the aim is to create a ‘manual for dialogue’ that can be used as a tool for non-governmental organisations and institutions in the region, to develop new projects on inter-ethnic dialogue.
  • Assessing the legacy of the ICTY
    The focus of this research will be on how the ICTY is perceived by different actors and communities in Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia and what impact it has had on inter-ethnic relations. Bringing together academics, journalists, human rights activities, war veterans, victims’ organisations, missing persons associations, government and communities’ representatives, as well as representatives from key international organisations working in the region, the project aims to conduct events in the four territories, facilitating discussions on the legacy of the ICTY and its contribution to inter-ethnic reconciliation in the region, as well as conducting semi-structured interviews with participants.

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