Promoting Change through Cross-Regional Dialogues: Opportunities, Challenges, and Prospects

This session will encourage interaction with the participants by engaging them in brainstorming of the benefits and opportunities of cross-regional dialogue. After a presentation of the EU4Dialogue Project and especially the Change Makers Forum established by the Component 1, the presenters will facilitate an exchange around the question of how to create and further enhance spaces for informal dialogue, knowledge-exchange and networking across the region. The objective of the session is to present a few positive examples of functioning cross-regional dialogue, the added value, and to encourage participants to seek out opportunities to participate in such activities.

Project in the frames of which the session was developed

EU4Dialogue (Component 1) - Supporting Understanding between Conflict Parties Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova


Tanja Tamminen

Tanja Tamminen is the Team Leader of the EU4Dialogue Component 1, which is an EU-funded Project implemented by a Consortium led by Konrad Adenauer Foundation. She is an expert in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Docteur en Science Politique from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, she defended in 2009 her doctoral thesis on the EU policies in the Balkans. She is Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku (Finland), specialising in European security questions. She has served three times in EU civilian crisis management missions: EUAM Ukraine and EULEX Kosovo. Previously she has also worked at the Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg (IOS), in the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and in the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA).