The Role of Civil Society in the Transformation of Separatist Conflicts in the South Caucasus

  • Tomáš Hoch
  • Vincenc Kopeček
  • Vladimír Baar
Keywords: conflict transformation, de facto states, non-governmental organizations, civil society, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh


The purpose of this study is to analyse the role of civil society in the de facto states of the South Caucasus in the process of conflict transformation. It is based on a field research of the civil  society  organizations  in Abkhazia  and  Nagorno  Karabakh. The  data  were  collected  by  the methods of expert interviews, semi-structured interviews and participant observation. The role of Abkhazian and Karabakh civil society organizations in the conflict transformation is identified as not only positive, but also as having some negative aspects. The study also makes some general remarks concerning the theory of conflict transformation.

Author Biographies

Tomáš Hoch



Vincenc Kopeček



Vladimír Baar



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