The five-stage process of Sustained Dialogue is carefully designed for use with groups that must deal with deeply divisive relational animosities before they can find enough common ground to work together in resolving problems that affect their interests. Sustained Dialogue provides a space for developing the capacities, practices, and relationships essential to political and economic democracy. IISD works on five main tracks:
• IISD conducts sustained dialogues and transfers the process to other NGOs:

Leaders of the Public Committee in Tajikistan

—The Inter-Tajik Dialogue, 1993-present
—A dialogue among participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh within the framework of the Dartmouth Conference regional Conflicts Task Force
—The Arab-American-European Dialogue
            —The Institute for Democracy in South Africa
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• IISD seeks to collaborate with corporations, public bodies, and NGOs in the U.S. that seek to address divisive relational issues and enable more effective teamwork in their operations
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• The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network is an autonomous student-initiated, student-led, student-managed network within the IISD framework that helps high school and college students develop SD programs on their campuses to deal with issues that divide their campus communities—such as race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation.
• IISD’s educational activities include publishing what it learns, training, and teaching in the broader field of dialogue and deliberation. Research and analysis are IISD’s way of continuously taking stock of our practice and refining it as we learn.
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