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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.
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.
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.