Ethnic Conflict Resolution
The underlying assumption of this project is that traditional political and diplomatic methods of peacemaking often fail in long-standing ethnic and sectarian conflict. Forced unity among Soviet Republics with distinct historical, cultural, and religious differences has left deep-rooted ethnic conflict and tension. More than ever, any attempt in Russia to make good on the promise of civil society and democratic pluralism deserves strong support from governments and qualified non-governmental organizations in the West. The Ethnic Conflict Resolution Project promotes the political and psychological preconditions for a non-violent, pluralistic society. It focuses on the logistics of easing ethnic conflict and various forms of prejudice.
In November of 1994, TRAC held a conference at Airlie House in Airlie, Virginia. The meeting was organized by Joseph V. Montville, director, Program on Preventive Diplomacy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, and Alexander Sergeievich Tsipko, co-chairman, All-Russia People's Movement, and director, Center for Political Programs of the Gorbachev Foundation, Moscow at one time. Under the direction of Montville, an assembly of influential Russians and Americans came together to discuss the critical issues of ethnic conflict resolution and the development of civil society.
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