Civil Society and Conflict Transformation in Abkhazia, Israel/Palestine, Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria and Western Sahara

MICROCON Policy Working Paper No. 3

86 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2008

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Nona Mikhelidze

Istituto Affari Internazionali

Nicoletta Pirozzi

Istituto Affari Internazionali

Date Written: November 26, 2008

Abstract

The paper describes and analyses the role of civil society in five conflict cases - Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria, Western Sahara and Israel/Palestine. It evaluates the relative effectiveness of civil society organisations (CSOs) and assesses the potential and limits of CSO involvement in conflicts. In particular it concentrates on civil society activities in the fields of peace training and education, including formal and non-formal education, as well as research and media work. The research also identifies the obstacles that local third sector is faced with, examining experiences and lessons learned. The study then presents critical assessments of local CSO contributions to conflict transformation and concludes with a set of suggestions for local and mid-level civil society actors involved in these five conflict cases and beyond. This paper is an overview study, to provide ideas and documentation to the more detailed empirical research carried out in the context of the MICROCON Work Package 'Conflict in the European Neighbourhood'.

Keywords: Civil society, European Union, European Neighbourhood, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria, Western Sahara, Israel/Palestine, violent conflict, conflict transformation

Suggested Citation

Mikhelidze, Nona and Pirozzi, Nicoletta, Civil Society and Conflict Transformation in Abkhazia, Israel/Palestine, Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria and Western Sahara (November 26, 2008). MICROCON Policy Working Paper No. 3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1307808 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1307808

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Nicoletta Pirozzi

Istituto Affari Internazionali ( email )

Via Angelo Brunetti, 9
Rome, 00186
Italy

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