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When I first started working on dialogue in Ukraine, I sat down with two think-tankers from Kyiv. It was back in 2014, when the war in the East was fresh and European media was reporting on it on the daily. They walked me through the many conflicts they saw in their country, from corruption to a Soviet heritage of authoritarian rule; we drank tea and chatted for about an hour. I explained to them that my interest, and that of my colleagues’, was in dialogue and mediation: “we want to learn who’s doing dialogue and what they’re learning from it.” They looked at me cross and made it clear that “no one is doing dialogue in Ukraine”. We paid the…
When I recently interviewed several experts on stabilisation approaches for a research project mediatEUr was requested to carry out for the EEAS, one definition of the term stuck with me for a very long time: “Stabilisaton is about people regaining harmony; it is about societies being able to reorganise their lives together”.
Last year, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Initiatives for Change retreat on Land, Lives and Peace in Caux, Switzerland. A seemingly unlikely choice for me, but since I was involved in the Aceh peace process, the nexus between land and conflict was something of interest to me. Side by side with botanists, scientists and UN bureaucrats in the grand halls of Caux Peace Palace, I gave my perspective on the role of international peace mediation and the linkages with land degradation. My key point was this: mediation is about making the “pie” (the contentious issue) bigger, and land restoration – enhancing the usability of degraded land – is pretty much the same practice. Bringing degradation issues…
Presentation by Dr. Antje Herrberg, MediatEUr, at the occasion of the conference "Mediation: Possibilities and Limits, Recent Experiences in the Pursuit of Peace" International High Level Conference hosted by Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Didier Reynders.
Недавно на миротворческой конференции в Ко, Швейцарии, одна женщина, которая живет в Крыму, узнала, что я родом из Москвы и сейчас работаю в Украине, поддерживая диалоги. “Так ты про-российский или про-украинский?” – спросила она меня сразу. Я Вам расскажу, что я ей сказал, но сначала немного исходной информации.
Monday, 05 September 2016 14:48

So am I pro-Russian or pro-Ukrainian?

At a recent peacebuilding conference in Caux, Switzerland, a woman who lives in Crimea found out that I am originally from Moscow, now working on supporting dialogues in Ukraine. "So are you pro-Russian or pro-Ukrainian?", she asked immediately. I will tell you what I told her but first, a bit of background.
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