Conflicts in Georgia – Challenges and Prospects for Settlement

A joint seminar organized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Aleksanteri Institute

Date and Time: 06 May 2011, 09:00 – 13:00
Place: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor

Please register your participation using the electronic form at:

News about the seminar:
Georgian konflikti ratkeaa sisältäpäin (Ulkoasianministeriö), in Finnish.


9:00 – 9:15 Registration
9:15 – 9:30 Opening remarks
Prof. Markku Kivinen, Director, Aleksanteri Institute

9:30 – 10:45 Session I
Moderator: Mr. Harri Kämäräinen, Director, Unit for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, MFA Finland

On the difficulty of making peace
Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, Diplomat in Residence at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

The Challenges and Prospects of the Geneva Process

Ambassador Antti Turunen, UN Representative to the Geneva International Discussions and Joint Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism

Post-war Development of Abkhazia and South Ossetia /Georgia
Dr. Phil Uwe Halbach, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:45 Session II
Moderator: Mr. Mikko Palonkorpi, Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute

The Challenges of Civil Society Engagement in Peace Building Initiatives
Mr. Jonathan Cohen, Director of Programmes, Conciliation Resources,

Maintaining Georgia's Peace Settlement: Risks and Opportunities
Dr. Iris Kempe, Director, Heinrich Böll Stiftung South Caucasus Regional
Office, Tbilisi

11:45 – 12:15 Questions & Answers
Moderator: Mr. Harri Kämäräinen, Director, Unit for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, MFA Finland

Note that the event is held and the discussion takes place under the Chatham House Rule.

Seminar invitation (pdf)

Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Unit for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Unit for UN and General Global Affairs
Aleksanteri Institute
Finnish Graduate School for Russian and East European Studies

For more information, please contact:
Mikko Palonkorpi (mikko.palonkorpi[at] or Leena Liski (leena.liski[at]



Project: The South Caucasus Beyond Borders, Boundaries and Division Lines:
Conflicts, Cooperation and Development