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Session 6: A Comparative Perspective of the International Reconciliation Models: How Similar, How Different?

20 Sep 2013
16:30 - 18:00
Kalemegdan Room

Session 6: A Comparative Perspective of the International Reconciliation Models: How Similar, How Different?

Discussion topics:

  • Is there a “universal principle” for reconciliation?
  • If not, is there at least a “one fits all” set of principles which can be applied in any place, at any time?
  • What are the prerequisites for reconciliation? Is the “Truth and Justice” mantra really a necessity for reconciliation to take place?
  • Is there a difference when dealing with “old” and “new” post conflict situations?
  • Is there a logical “division of labour” between what the state and its institutions should do and the workload of the civil society sector?
  • What can CSOs achieve if there is no genuine state support for reconciliation?
  • What lessons can we learn from each other and is there any mechanism to enable such an exchange to take place? 

Speakers:

Sławomir Dębski‚ Director, The Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding

Nora Ahmetaj‚ Executive Director, CRDP

Andi Balla‚ Albanian Institute for International Studies

Nenad Šebek‚ Executive Director, Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (Moderator)