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You are cordially invited to join as participant or presenter during a multidisciplinary webinar dedicated to the conflicts in Abkhazia, Eastern Ukraine, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia and Transnistria.

The webinar takes place within the framework of the Post-Soviet Conflicts, International Law and Security Forum initiated by the Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research platform (RUCARR) and funded by the Swedish Institute (SI). The main aim of the project is to help promote and stimulate more internationalised research and cooperation between researchers in post-Soviet states working with or interested in post-Soviet territorial conflicts. The main goal of the project is to establish a flexible multidisciplinary network-based cooperation/community of researchers called Post-Soviet Conflicts, International Law and Security Forum by the end of the year 2021.

The multidisciplinary webinar provides opportunities for scholars and researchers from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Sweden and Ukraine to present their ideas and projects, to raise awareness and take a step forward in establishing networking relations and cooperation with other colleagues with the same research interests.

Time

13:00 in Sweden and Central and Western Europe; 14:00 in Eastern Europe; and 15:00 in the Caucasus

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Call for praticipation

If you would like to make a presentation during the webinar, please send your proposals for presentations to Dr. Kamal Makili-Aliyev no later than June 4th, 2021.

Contact: Kamal Makili-Aliyev

The webinar will have three overarching themes in relation to post-Soviet conflicts: Humanitarian and Social Issues, Territorial Issues and Institutional Issues. Feel free to use some of the suggested topics under these themes (can be found below) as your guide or suggest your own topic in relation to the themes. The purpose of presentations is not to discuss a topic in-depth, rather to present it to a wider audience of peers.

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Themes and topics

Humanitarian and Social Issues

Suggested topics: Right to development and peace; Mythology and information security; Social media; Collective and historical memory; Post-conflict peacebuilding; Collective psychology and militant discourse; Culture as a humanitarian law factor; Eco-social issues; Sociological data (quantitative analysis); Humanitarian access and activities of humanitarian organization; Education and language issues, etc.

Territorial Issues

Suggested topics: Environment and use of natural resources; Regimes of occupation; Access to culture; Security of cultural values and objects; Political risks for foreign investment; De-occupation and continued control over territory; Territorial reintegration and normalization; Legitimacy of the contested territories (political and legal issues); Lack of communications, etc.

Institutional Issues

Suggested topics: Freezing and normalization of conflicts; Permanent status quo; Information warfare and cybersecurity; Political influence on the conflicts; Citizenship as an issue in the post-Soviet conflicts; Socio-economic problems in the conflicts; Social contract and confidence-building measures (CBMs); Transitional justice; Weaponization of culture and culture as casus belli.