Project “Raising awareness on border regions conflict dynamics”

About the project
As a part of the Summer School programme, the project “Raising awareness on border regions conflict dynamics” addressed the issue of tensions and ethnic diversity management in border regions as a conflict resolution mechanism. The focus was directed on exploring in a comparative perspective positive and negative examples of minority/majority relations throughout Europe as a model for addressing the challenges to democracy in the conflict-sensitive regions as the Caucasus and Eastern and South Eastern Europe. Highlighting the positive examples as a successful cooperation and conflict resolutions, and discussing the conflict dynamics in various border regions in Europe, the project enabled participants to exchange academic views and the practical experience from the field. The training aimed at updating the scientific discourse but also at inspiring practitioners and enhancing their capacities through the established cooperation network.

Aim of the project
The project aimed at inspiring, encouraging and empowering of the young and outstanding representatives of academia, media, NGO sector, public officials, and professionals from the ethnically diverse and conflict-sensitive regions (Eastern and South Eastern Europe and Caucasus). It aimed for the participants to advance their academic knowledge on conflict resolution, ethnic diversity management and the border regions, provide them with insight for analyzing challenges from a comparative perspective and enable them to establish a platform for networking, knowledge and experience sharing. ECMI headquarters and the ECMI regional offices in Kosovo and Georgia will further support participants in developing their research, activities and initiatives.


The project involved 7 participants from Eastern and South Eastern Europe and 7 from the Caucasus region. The participants vere selected carefully from 397 applications and included the outstanding young professionals from East/South East Europe and Caucasus, with strong interest in conflict resolution and minority rights.

The project was funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Group projects and sustainability
As part of the Summer School 2013,the scholarship holders were divided into two groups prior to their arrival. The students submitted the summaries within their topics which were discussed during the the Summer School within the groups. The group members presented jointly on the last day of the summer school. The topics formed by the Bosch scholarship holders included:

Silent conflicts vs. hot topics:
Student summaries;      Group Presentation

Real and imagined borders:
Student summaries;      Group Presentation

After the Summer School 2013 the group has agreed to take part in establishing an Alumni Network. Within the frameworks of the network, the group members will submit the abstracts for the proposed papers for JEMIE publications, and bi-monthly reports (Newsletters) throughout the year. The Newsletters will be published here.

Newsletters of ECMI Summer School 2013 ALumni Network

Newsletter #1



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