Workshops and Policy Development with Professionals from Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan
Finding a solution to a conflict that dates back decades or centuries is not simple. Conflicts of this genre impact both individual’s viewpoints and shape entire societies. Growing up, children learn who the ‘enemy’ is at school, from the media, and from their grandparents. Thus when countries’ leaders make peace on paper, it takes much longer for this peace to translate to the civic level.
ICfC conducted collaborative workshops with educators, journalists, non-governmental leaders and others who are in position to contribute towards a shift in public opinions. These workshops resulted in policy recommendations for public agencies to enable the shift in public attitudes to take hold in Turkish, Armenian, and Azerbaijani societies.
In the summer of 2008, ICfC cooperated in organizing the Imagine Dialogue bringing together Armenian and Azerbaijani students and Turkish and Armenian students enrolled in the universities in the U.S. ICfC joined the one week long intensive program combined cooperative living, outdoors team-building programs with intensive dialogue and training focused on enhancing dialogue and conflict resolution skills.
Dialogue groups in 2007
Prior to joining ICfC in 2007 as a Fellow, Phil Gamaghelyan co-organized the Turkish-Armenian Dialogue group (TADG), based at Brandeis University, and ran several other Turkish-Armenian and Armenian-Azerbaijani dialogue groups (project Imagine) with students and young professionals from the region.
The Imagine project was facilitated by three facilitators: one from Armenia, one from Azerbaijan, and one from the United States. Its goal was to change attitudes of the participants, to form a strong network of future professionals from the region, and to generate new learning that took the needs, concerns and hopes of both sides into consideration and that can be used in the peace process. Imagine groups continued to meet in the summer 2008.
To read more about the project Imagine, please visit the Imaginewebsite.
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