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For dialogue in Ukraine, the time is always now

When I first started working on dialogue in Ukraine, I sat down with two think-tankers from Kyiv and 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”.
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Stabilisation- why a transformative approach is worth it

This blog was written by Kathrin Quesada 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”. I found it not only simply and beautifully said, but also a very noble goal. And yet the reality of the lives of people in countries where stabilisation activities have taken…
Kathrin Quesada
17 June, 2017
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Is Peace Mediation in Ukraine Possible, and How?

Since the mid 90’s I have been acquainted with Ukraine; in 2013, through my work as a member of the UN’s Standby Team for Mediation Experts in  2013, we witnessed a catastrophe unfolding, so we decided to reengage professionally. mediatEUr, my organization, has been involved in a number of fairly small and focused initiatives there, also for the UN. For us, a European Organisation, it was clear that, if we were to be involved in any in-country project, it should be in Ukraine, as its role was and still is…
Antje Herrberg
14 February, 2017
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“A Conciliatory Step”: Shedding Light on Local Ukrainian Dialogues

This blog post was written by Alex Azarov. «The success of a dialogue depends, firstly, on the ability not to speak but to listen. And its outcome is the understanding of your dialogue partner and the formation of trust towards him or her» (a quote from the Mykolayiv dialogue initiative) The Dialogue Support Platform in Ukraine supports various Ukrainian dialogue initiatives all across the country. The dialogues vary in terms of their participants: some involve stationed soldiers and local residents, others involve local women who come to discuss their role…
mediatEUr
6 November, 2016
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Так я про-российский или про-украинский?

This post was written by Alex Azarov. 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. Я родился в Советском Союзе, а когда Союз развалился, в возрасте десяти лет переехал с родителями в Австралию. С мая 2015 работал в проекте организации mediatEUr “Платформа поддержки диалогов в Украине”, осуществлявшемся в сотрудничестве с…
mediatEUr
5 September, 2016
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So am I pro-Russian am I pro-Russian or pro-Ukrainian?

This blog post was written by Alex Azarov. 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. I was born in the Soviet Union and moved with my parents to Australia when I was ten, right when the USSR was falling…
mediatEUr
5 September, 2016
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Brexit and the new populism

This blog post was written by Martin Leng. Still hungover from the recent “Brexit” vote, the world attends with a mix of anticipation and anxiety the nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate in the US – two economic and political powerhouses taking a turn inwards, looking for easy answers to some of our globalised world’s most difficult questions. Where does dialogue fit in all of this? Wearing both his hats as a dialogue practitioner and a British citizen, mediatEUr’s Martin Leng explores the implications of Brexit and reflects…
mediatEUr
27 July, 2016
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Technology for peace?

This week mediatEUr was invited to give input on the Roundtable on Uses of ICTs for EU Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding. Miguel Varela, our Dialogue and Innovation Officer, shared our view from the work we have been doing in the last two years. The first thing you need to know about mediatEUr is that we are a small organisation working in areas as seemingly disparate as peacebuilding, mediation and dialogue on the one hand, and design and technology on the other. My job is to link the two fields, which…
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Peace in the Neighbourhood: the EU and stability in Syria

Antje Herrberg, mediatEUr’s CEO, recently took part in a panel discussion entitled: “Post-conflict Syria: Which EU civilian capabilities for reconstruction?” The event set out to explore what role the EU might play in a potential future peace-building effort in Syria. Here, her reflections on Syria's war, the EU's prospects as a stabilising actor, and the importance of learning from the past. I had the honour of giving a talk at a well-attended event at the Centre for European Policy Studies on the topic of Syria, on the 11th of May…
Antje Herrberg
13 May, 2016