In the Shadow of Turmoil: Eastern Europe and the Caucasus – Conflicts and Peacebuilding Pathways is a comprehensive course that delves into the complex landscape of conflicts, ethnic tensions, and peacebuilding efforts in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. This course examines the historical context, particularly the legacy of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, and its impact on modern-day conflicts.
The course explores various conflicts, such as Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and the Balkans, as well as the challenges faced by nations like Georgia, Ukraine, and Armenia. Participants will study the factors that have driven these conflicts, including political, ethnic, and territorial disputes.
Moreover, the course discusses regional and global efforts to promote peace and stability. Topics such as the Rose and Orange Revolutions, the Velvet Revolution, and the role of international organizations in peacebuilding are covered. Students will also examine innovative approaches to conflict resolution, such as the Eastern Partnership and other regional initiatives.
The course also delves into the evolving nature of conflict in the 21st century, highlighting the emergence of hybrid warfare and the challenges it poses to traditional peacebuilding efforts. By the end of the course, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of the intricate conflict landscape in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus and the various pathways to peacebuilding in the region.