The 20th workshop of the Study Group on Regional Stability in the South Caucasus (SG RSSC), organised by the Partnership for Peace Consortium, together with the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), the Austrian National Defence Academy and the Directorate General for Security Policy of the Austria Ministry of Defence and Sports, will take place in Reichenau/Rax in Austria from the 7th to the 10th November 2019. The workshop – titled ‘Concrete Steps to Break the Deadlocks in the South Caucasus’ – aims at opening up space for dialogue on ever-narrowing subjects that pose a challenge to constructive conflict resolution in the region. By bringing together experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, as well as from the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the workshop will examine several aspects of each regional conflict, and leverages the good relationships built over the last several years among core participants of the RSSC Study Group to push original conflict resolution ideas further. The idea is to take advantage of the fragile momentum in regional stability in the South Caucasus to produce further realistic recommendations that are both innovative and practice-oriented.
The Regional Stability in the South Caucasus Study Group (RSSC SG) goes back to 2001 but was interrupted from 2005 to 2012, due to political strife. Since then, each year, two workshops have been conducted, one in Reichenau and one in Eastern Europe or the Caucasus, bringing together analysts from the South Caucasus as well as international scholars. The study group seeks to foster stability in the region, as well as international security, by facilitating conflict-resolution dialogue among diverse parties. Each workshop results in policy recommendations that are distributed among more than 800 decision-makers in Europe, the United States, NATO, the EU External Action Service, and the OSCE, as well as among national and local governmental and non-governmental institutions. The DOC Research Institute has been involved in the workshops of the Study Group on Regional Stability in the South Caucasus (RSSC SG) since 2016, and has contributed to developing policy recommendations within the study group.