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Осінній сезон лекцій Peaceland Talks

Центр досліджень медіації та діалогу НаУКМА запрошує на осінній сезон лекцій PeacelandTalks.

30 September 2020, Dr Pascal da Rocha, Dialogue Facilitation Officer, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, “Inclusion of Civil Society into Track One Peace Processes: Experiences, approaches, and participatory processes” 18:00-20:00 Kyiv time, public event, online via Zoom (no recording), in English without translation. Please register at https://forms.gle/wx61PbhGUMMz1bTL6


The question on “How to include Ukrainian civil society into Minsk negotiation process?” has recently been at the top of the peacebuilding agenda in Ukraine. In order to shed light on the many ways on how to include civil society in peace processes, this session in the Peaceland Talks series focuses on the premise of inclusivity and on experiences of inclusion of civil society from other peace processes. Civil society plays an important role and bridge builder between various processes during the consolidation of peace. We can learn from various contexts about the How and What of inclusion and why some approaches were more successful than others. In order to exemplify the variety of participatory approaches, the session will reflect on some of the experiences gathered by the speaker by sharing the processes in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Myanmar. Brief reference to Syria will be made in order to shed light on the participation of women’s organization in inclusive peace processes.


Dr José Pascal da Rocha is a dialogue and mediation specialist, currently serving with the OSCE SMM in Ukraine as dialogue facilitation officer. He has more than 25 years of experience in crisis management, conflict management and post-conflict settings, having contributed directly or in an advisory capacity to more than 15 peace agreements. He has provided services to the UN, the EU, the AU, ECOWAS, and to many international and local NGOs in the field of mediation, political dialogue, peacebuilding, inclusion and reconciliation. In his academic career, he has held appointments at Columbia University in the City of New York, IESEG Paris, IRI-PUC Rio de Janeiro and the Center for Conflict Studies in Marburg. More on his research and publications can be found at https://rocha.academia.edu/


15 December, Dr Anastasia Salnykova, Stockholm, Sweden, “Barriers to Inter-Group Deliberation in Divided Ukraine”18:00-20:00 Kyiv time (tbc), public event, online via Zoom, in English without translation. Please save the date. 


Presentation is based at the PhD research conducted at the University of British Columbia, Canada in 2012-2014 with the new insights from the current situation in Ukraine. The study assesses the deliberative potential of Ukrainian society by examining existingpsychological barriers, as well as opportunities that exist for deliberation and dialogue. The analysis isbased on interviews with Russian-culture and Ukrainian-culture groups, policy-makers andexperts in two Ukrainian cities, namely Lviv and Donetsk. Specifically, the study discussesthe groups’ vision of the other, the polarization between the two groups, and theirdemocratic predispositions. The study argues that there are significant barriers toimplementing deliberative democracy in post-Soviet Ukraine. These include, in particular,the linguistic divide, a drastic gap in ‘facts’ ‘known’ by the two sides, and a widely-held viewthat dialogue is useless and/or impossible. It also sets out the opportunities for deliberationthat arise from the context explored.


Dr Anastasiya Salnykova - trained in Political Science, doctor Salnykova is an interdisciplinary scholar with strongqualitative methodology skills. She is mostly working on issues of democracy, equalityand human rights in areas of gender and public health. In addition to research andteaching competencies, has experience in program development and projectmanagement and has a solid connection to civil society in Russia and Ukraine, and beyond. She currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.


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