Workshop: Stability and Peace in the Caucasus: The Case of Nagorno-Karabakh, May 2-4, 2001, Loccum, Germany


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Workshop: Stability and Peace in the Caucasus: The Case of
Nagorno-Karabakh, May 2-4, 2001, Loccum, Germany


International workshop: Stability and Peace in the Caucasus: The Case
of Nagorno-Karabakh, May 2-4, 2001, Loccum, Germany

Organisers: Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden (Peace and Development
Foundation) and the Evangelische Akademie Loccum  

The purpose of the International Workshop is to analyse the causes of
conflict in the Caucasus, its realities, and the obstacles to peace.
The workshop also seeks to further the discussion as to what options
for peace and development exist within the region. The meeting will
mainly discuss the options for action and schemes of the 
civil-society actors and of the EU. A special focus will be on the
conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. Most experts argue that this conflict
plays a key role in the highly sensitive region at the crossroads of
geo-strategical interests and external influences. In addition to the
speakers outlined in the programme below there will be a number of
additional participants from official and non-governmental circles
from the Caucasus.

Cooperation Partners are:
Berghof Center for Constructive Conflict-Management (Berlin),
Conciliation Resources (London),
European Platform for Conflict Prevention and Transformation
(Utrecht),
Heinrich Boell Foundation (Berlin),
International Alert (London)

Programme:

Wednesday, May 2, 2001 14:00 h Welcome and Opening
Prof. Dr. J=F6rg Callie=DF, Ev. Akademie Loccum
Dr. Burkhard K=F6nitzer, Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), Bonn

Part I: Conflict Dynamics in the Caucasian Region (14:30 h)

Keynote speech:
Dr. Brenda Shaffer, Caspian Studies Program, Belfer Center for Science
and International Affairs, Harvard University/Cambridge
Chair: Tom de Waal, journalist and author, London

Part II: Common Causes of Conflict and Stagnation (16:00 h)

A Subregional Perspective 
Work in small groups (Working Language: English)

Group 1: Burdens from history, insecurities and suspicions
Resource persons: Dr. Dennis Sandole, George Mason University, Fairfax
Dr. Eva-Maria Auch, consultant, Wackerow
Chair: Amb. (ret.) Dr. Wilhelm H=F6ynck, Wachtberg
Rapporteur: Dr. Ralf Horlemann, LR I, German Foreign Office, Berlin

Group 2: The lack of a constructive political culture and the rule of
law
Resource person: Paata Zakareishvili, Working-group for the Release of
Prisoners and for the Search of Missing People of the NK-Conflict,
AGKK, Tbilisi
Chair: Dr. Christoph Z=FCrcher, Free University, Berlin
Rapporteur: Dr. Oliver Reisner, Humboldt Universit=E4t Berlin

Group 3: Neighbors and outside powers: Promoting or hindering
stability?
Resource person: Amb. G. Aktan (not yet confirmed)
Chair: Dietrich Sperling, former MP, K=F6nigstein
Rapporteur: Dr. Rainer Freitag-Wirminghaus, German Oriental Institute,
Hamburg

Group 4: Socio-economic development: obstacles and prospects for
intra- and extra-regional co-operation
Resource person: Laurent Ruseckas, Cambridge Energy Research
Associates, Cambridge
Chair: Tom de Waal, journalist and author, London
Rapporteur: Phil Champain, International Alert, London

Reports from the Working Groups and Plenary Discussion (19:30 h)
Chair: Jonathan Cohen, Conciliation Resources, London

Thursday, May 3, 2001

Part III: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: International Diplomacy 
(9:15 h)

Discussion introduced by:
Amb. Andrey Kasprczyk, Personal Representative of the OSCE
Chairperson-in-Office for Nagorno-Karabakh, Tbilisi
Amb. Carey Cavanaugh, Special Negotiator for Nagorno-Karabakh and NIS
Regional Conflicts, Dept. of State, Washington

Resumption of the discussion including:
Amb. Nikolai Gribkov, Co-Chairman of the Minsk-Group on NK, Moscow
(not yet confirmed)
Amb. (ret.) Vladimir Kazimirov, former Head of the Russian Mediation
Mission on NK, Moscow
Amb. G. Aktan (not yet confirmed)
Dr. Mient Jan Faber, Director, Interchurch Peace Council, European
Center for Conflict Prevention, Utrecht
Renato Batti, Special Envoy of the EU to Azerbaijan, Brussels

Chair: Prof. Dr. Bruno Coppieters, Centre for Pol. Studies, Vrije
University, Brussels

Part IV: Supporting Civil Society and Dialogue: The Role of Track
2-Diplomacy 16:00 h

Panel discussion
Prof. Suren Zolian, Director, Foreign Languages Institute, Yerevan
Dr. Arif Yunusov, Scholar, Baku
Armine Alexanian, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nagorno-Karabakh
Chair: Dr. Rexane Dehdashti-Rasmussen, International Organisation for
Migration, Tbilisi

Part V: Elements of a Possible Peace Settlement (19:30 h)

Work in small groups (Working Language: English)

Group 5: Political status and options for governance / power sharing /
distribution of competences
Chair: Prof. Dr. Uwe Halbach, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik,
Berlin
Rapporteur: Prof. Dr. Buno Coppieters, Centre for Political Studies,
Vrije University, Brussels
   
Group 6: Peacekeeping
Chair: N.N.
Rapporteur: Dr. Randolf Oberschmidt, Center for OSCE Research, Hamburg
   
Group 7: Socio-economic reconstruction programmes and the prospects
for development
Chair: Laurent Ruseckas, Cambridge Energy Research Associates,
Cambridge (USA)
Rapporteur: Jonathan Goodhand, INTRAC, Oxford
   
Group 8: Human rights questions: prisoners of of war, prosecution of
human rights violations, possibilities for reconciliation
Chair: Walter Kaufmann, Heinrich-Boell-Foundation, Berlin
Rapporteurs: Avaz Hasanov, Working-group for the Release of Prisoners
and for the Search of Missing People of the NK-Conflict, AGKK, Baku
Albert Voskanja, AGKK, Stepanakert

Friday, May 4, 2001

Reports from the Working Groups (9:30 h)

Political outlook and closing discussion introducedy by
Dr. Norbert Ropers, Director, Berghof Centre for Constructive Conflict
Management, Berlin (10:30 h)
Chair: Dr. Burkhard K=F6nitzer, SEF, Bonn 
12:30 h Lunch; 
End of the Conference

The conference languages are English and Russian. Presentations and
discussions in plenary sessions will be simultaneously translated. In
the smaller work groups the discussions will be held predominantly in
English.

Conference fees DM 230,- / EUR 115,- including accommodation and
meals; a reduction to DM 90,- / EUR 45,- is possible for students (up
to 30 years old) and unemployed, if a valid certification is
presented; a reduction for participants, who attend only a part of the
conference, is not possible. 
Registration: We should like to request you to register by name,
address, institution/organisation. 
Please indicate your e-mail address if available

Evangelische Akademie Loccum
Prof. Dr. J=F6rg Callie=DF
D-31545 Rehburg-Loccum,
=46ax +49-5766-81-128
E-mail: Joerg.Calliess@evlka.de
Registrations will be confirmed as long as places are available. 
Should you have to cancel your registration, please inform us as soon
as possible.

How to get to Loccum: Loccum is located 50 kilometers west of Hannover
in Lower Saxony. The nearest airport is in Langenhagen airport near
Hannover. The nearest train stations are in Wunstorf, Minden and in
Nienburg. Detailed instructions will be sent to all registered
participants.

-- 
Jonathan Cohen
Concilation Resources
173 Upper Street
London N1 1ZJ

Tel: 44 (0)20 7359 7728
Fax: 44 (0)20 7359 4081
e-mail: j.cohen@c-r.org
website: http://www.c-r.org

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