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Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities

Paul van Tongeren, Hans van de Veen, and Juliette Verhoeven, editors
Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities
ISBN: 978-1-58826-054-3
ISBN: 978-1-58826-079-6
2002/832 pages/LC: 2001048935
Published in association with the European Centre for Conflict Prevention

"A major contribution to the critical study of conflict resolution and peacebuilding in international relations.... rich in detail." —H. Vaez, Slavonic & East European Review "The scope and depth will be valuable for both beginners and experts.... The state and regional overviews are very informative and many are simply spellbinding.... Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia is a well-argued and valuable collection; it will undoubtedly profit all who read it."—Jennifer Moll, International Journal on World Peace

"The most up-to-date survey of conflict and peace initiatives in these regions, ... written by people who have been on the ground and close to the action. This book is a great resource to all of us interested in solid, unbiased information, coordination of peace work, and a comprehensive view of the processes and activities of peacebuilding.... Should be on the desks of academics, practitioners, and policymakers, more today than ever."—John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding, John B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame University

"For the first time a comprehensive and comparative overview is given on peacebuilding endeavors, their potential, and their difficulties in all major crisis zones in the OSCE region.... a ‘must' for all practitioners in the field."—Dr. Norbert Ropers, Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies, Sri Lanka

"The directory of more than 400 organizations operating in Europe and Eurasia will be in high demand by practitioners in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, NGOs, and the media."—Vladimir Goryayev, Senior Political Affairs Officer, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations

"This publication will contribute to better cooperation and coordination [toward peacebuilding] in the region."—Dragan Popadic, President Group MOST, Belgrade


Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia offers much-needed insight into the possibilities for effective conflict prevention and peacebuilding throughout the region.

Presenting surveys of the violent conflicts in Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, the contributors offer a unique combination of background information, detailed descriptions of ongoing activities, and assessments of future prospects for conflict resolution and peacebuilding. A major focus of their work is the efforts of regional organizations and NGOs to make civil society part of any peace process, and they thoroughly cover the activities of grassroots groups. A directory of more than 400 organizations working in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the region is also included.

More than 40 experts and organizations in Europe and Eurasia have collaborated in the compilation of this important work, which includes a foreword by Max van der Stoel (the former OSCE high commissioner on national minorities) and contributions by such prominent scholars and practitioners as Mari Fitzduff, Michael S. Lund, Valery Tishkov, Raymond Detrez, and Kevin Clements. The work was coordinated by the European Centre for Conflict Prevention, an NGO dedicated to contributing to the prevention and resolution of violent conflicts in the international arena.


Paul van Tongeren is secretary general of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. Hans van de Veen is senior journalist and coordinator of an independent network of journalists, Environment and Development Productions, based in Amsterdam. Juliette Verhoeven is coordinator of the Knowledge Program on Civil Society in West Africa at the University of Amsterdam.


  • Introduction.
  • Conflict Prevention and the EU.
  • The OSCE.
  • History and Legacies of the USSR.
  • Minority Issues in Southeastern Europe.
  • NGOs vs. Political Parties: Combatting Xenophobia and Racism in Western Europe.
  • The FRESTA Approach: Stimulating Cross-Border Connections in Civil Society.
  • Calling for a Broad Approach to Conflict Resolution.
  • The State of the Art of Conflict Transformation.
  • Toward National Infrastructures for Peacebuilding.
  • Some Lessons Learned.
  • Albania.
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • Chechnya.
  • Croatia.
  • Cyprus.
  • Daghestan.
  • Ferghana Valley.
  • Georgia.
  • Kosovo.
  • Macedonia.
  • Moldova.
  • Montenegro.
  • Nagorno Karabakh.
  • North Ossetia.
  • Northern Ireland.
  • Serbia.
  • Spain.
  • Tajikistan.
  • Turkey.
  • Yugoslavia.
  • Profiles of more than 400 European and Eurasian NGOs involved in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, organized by country, as well as government agencies and international networks and organizations.