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The ICFC conducted workshops and promoted policy development with professionals from Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan

  • To change attitudes of the participants. Changing the “us against them” mindset to a more pragmatic and progressive attitude in solving conflicts.

  • Form a strong network of future professionals from the region

  • Generate new learning that took the needs, concerns and hopes of everyone into consideration and that can be used in the peace process.

  • To reduce the ongoing conflict that resulted from post-colonial and more recent divisions in these heterogeneous states










  • Collaborative workshops with educators, journalists, non-governmental leaders and others who are in position to contribute towards a shift in public opinions.

  • These workshops aim for initiating policy recommendations for public agencies to enable the shift in public attitudes in Turkish, Armenian, and Azerbaijani societies.


Imagine 2008

  • The ICFC cooperated in organizing the Imagine Dialogue.

  • This initiative brought together Armenian, Azerbaijani and Turkish students enrolled in universities in the U.S.

  • The ICFC joined the one week long intensive program that combined cooperative living and outdoors team-building programs with intensive dialogue and training focused on enhancing dialogue and conflict resolution skills.

  • We have trained professions from the regions to continue this work in response to changing conditions, including occasional eruptions of local violence


Image by Moyan Brenn


  • Three facilitators: one from Armenia, one from Azerbaijan, and one from the United States

  • The trainers were chosen by local civil society groups and international agencies


Learn more

Finding a solution to a conflict that dates back decades or centuries is not simple. Conflicts of this genre impact both individual's viewpoints and shape entire societies. Growing up, children learn who the "enemy" is at school, from the media, and from their (grand)parents. Thus when countries' leaders make peace on paper, it takes much longer for this peace to translate to the civic level.


Dialogue groups in 2007


Prior to joining ICfC in 2007 as a Fellow, Phil Gamaghelyan co-organized the Turkish-Armenian Dialogue group (TADG), based at Brandeis University, and ran several other Turkish-Armenian and Armenian-Azerbaijani dialogue groups (project Imagine) with students and young professionals from the region.


Further Reading


To read more about the project Imagine, please visit the Imagine website.






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