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ESDC/EaP: Conflict-mapping around the Black Sea

04/04/2019 - 02:00
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The ESDC's training activities are first and foremost designed to transfer knowledge, but they are also used for confidence-building and networking. This was clear to see at a recent conflict-analysis workshop in Yerevan, which provided participants with the necessary tools and instruments for analysing a conflict crisis in a specific region.

Luiza Pufu Eastern Partnership EaP

Participants in the four-day seminar, which was designed for the Eastern Partnership countries, attended sessions on CSDP in general, hybrid threats and cybersecurity, before starting the actual workshop on 'conflict analysis'. During the workshop, the 'students' received some tools for determining the root causes of a conflict, finding an exit point in the conflict cycle and separating the position from the interest.

Elisa Norvanto Eastern Partnership EaP ESDC
Experts discussed ways on how to exit the conflict cycle.

The 'study visit' was organised to visit the National Defence Research Univeristy in Yerevan. After a discussion on the Chinese 'One Belt One Road' (OBOR) initiative, the participants had the opportunity to discuss with experts about its global impact and the EU’s Strategy on Connecting Europe and Asia. The latter is built on the way the EU creates opportunities for citizens, business and investors based on realising mutual interests, reaching common objectives through adherence to international norms and standards.

Sean Mc Gearty Marc Franco
Experts discussed the Chinese ONE ROAD ONE BELT initiative (in the picture Sean McGearty and Marc Franco)..

The next conflict-analysis course designed for Eastern Partnership countries is scheduled for spring 2020. During the EaP panel meeting on 'security, CSDP and conflict analysis', this activity was added to the work plan after having discussed the evaluation report on the Yerevan event.

Family picture Arnold Kammel Jochen Rehrl Luiza Pufu Elisa Norvanto
Family picture of the participants of the Conflict Analysis Course in Yerevan.