Tbilisi Summer School successfully concluded

Press release — 02 July 2013


Tbilisi Summer School on Civil Society in Cross-Border Conflicts – an opportunity for dialogue

From 15-22 June 2013 a Summer School on Civil Society and Cross-Border Conflicts was carried out in Tbilisi, Georgia and brought together 20 students from Estonia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The school aimed at promoting cross-border tolerance and understanding and to expand the political space for reconciliation and compromise in the Caucasus region while relying on positive experiences from the rest of the world, including Estonia.

The summer school was organised by Center for EU-Russia Studies, together with its partners in Estonia (UT Institute of Government and Politics and Peipsi Centre for Transboundary Cooperation) and Georgia (Tbilisi State University). The programme included both academic lectures and seminars with acclaimed experts of the region as well as field trips to different state institutions and NGOs that deal with migration and border issues. It was supported by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Development Cooperation Program.

Among the experts who shared their expertise with the students were Dr. Henry Hale from George Washington University, who talked about  “Ethnofederalism in Conflict Resolution and Prevention”, Dr Korenly Kakachia from Tbilisi State University, who’s lecture addressed issues of “Reinvigorating Cross-Border and Cross Regional Cooperation in South Caucasus”, and  Dr. Eiki Berg from the University of Tartu, who introduced the participants to more general issues of “Geopolitics of the Neighbourhood.” Most thought-provoking and thus popular among the participating students were also the visits to the offices of Georgian Minister for Reintegration, to the camp of Internally Displaced People as well as the informal discussions with students, NGO activists and professors from both the EU and Caucasus region.

View the Summer school programme (.pdf)

For more information about the cooperation please contact: Dr Eiki Berg (eiki.berg[at]ut.ee)