Tajikistan Dialogue
SUSTAINED DIALOGUE IN TAJIKISTAN
 
SD in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan has encompassed the full gamut of experience from peacemaking in the midst of a vicious civil war before peace negotiations began to peace-building in the wake of that war. 
 
The Inter-Tajik Dialogue within the Framework of the Dartmouth Conference, as the Tajiks came to call their group, was the first full test of the five-stage process. That process had been conceptualized in the early 1990s and was first published in 1993 almost at the very moment

Dushanbe, Capital of Tajikistan

when participants met in Moscow for the first time. 
 
In late 1992, the Dartmouth Conference Regional Conflicts Task Force (RCTF) decided to try to apply the process of Dialogue they had learned together to one of the conflicts that had broken out on the territory of the former Soviet Union. They chose Tajikistan, the poorest of the former Soviet republics. In early 1993, two Russian RCTF members of the spoke in Tajikistan with more than 100 individuals from the main factions in the civil war to explain the work of the RCTF and to ascertain their interest in coming into a space for dialogue created by the task force. On the occasion of their tenth anniversary in March 2003, they held their thirty-fifth meeting. 
 

For a fuller analysis of the Inter-Tajik Dialogue click here or contact
Dr. Harold Saunders.
 
In April 2000, members of the Dialogue and other Tajikistani citizens formally registered their own nongovernmental organization, the Public Committee for Democratic Processes in Tajikistan. Their strategy has been one of peace-building. They have worked on four tracks. These have included: (1) creating a complex of dialogue groups in six regions of the country, which began by discussing how to integrate the only legal Islamic party in Central Asia into a secular, democratic polity; (2) holding public forums on major national issues such as drugs, education, and poverty in major regions of the country; (3) experimenting with

Tajiki Learning Sustained Dialogue

economic development committees in ten towns particularly torn apart during the civil strife and in which dialogic practices are being used to address economic problems—their own elaboration of building “social capital”; and (4) holding workshops over two and a half years in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and three professors from each of eight universities to develop curricula, a text, teaching materials, and courses in resolving conflict and building democratic society.
 
For more on the Public Committee for Democratic Processes in Tajikistan, click here or contact Randa Slim.
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