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Myths and conflict in the South Caucasus

This project develops people’s capacities of critical thinking in order to equip them with the tools and knowledge to resist the manipulation of public opinion through propaganda and invented stereotypes.

It brings together young political analysts, sociologists, journalists, bloggers and civil society activists from the Caucasus and Russia, to examine the mechanisms through which myths and dominant narratives about the conflicts are constructed and transmitted in the region, and how they interact with conflict dynamics.

So far, four cross-regional, multi-disciplinary teams have investigated the role played by historical narratives and political discourses. Those who participated in the research say the process made them see things from a new perspective and question not only their personal attitudes, but also the role their society has played in perpetuating conflict in the region.

This project is part of the South Caucasus Mediation and Dialogue Initiative funded by the EU.