How to stop the bloodshed in the Donbas?

Balancing the principle of territorial integrity and the right of self-determination.
This event is in English
Tuesday 18 Sept 2018, 20.00
di 18 sep 2018, 20.00

Since 2014 civilians continue to bear the brunt of the armed conflict of Donets Basin (Donbas) of Ukraine with the establishment of self-proclaimed territories calling themselves ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ (DNR) and ‘Lugansk People’s Republic’ (LNR). The peace process initiated by the Minsk agreements has not led to a lasting ceasefire. Already more than 10,000 people have lost their lives and 24,000 were wounded primarily due to ongoing shelling and usage of heavy weapons in the conflict regions. In 2018, casualties continue to be reported on a daily basis on both sides of the contact line. In the meantime, Donbas is becoming one of the most mined regions in the world.

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On the occasion of the National Peace Week, PAX in collaboration with the Study Association for European Studies at the University of Amsterdam invites you to take action together and think with the help of distinguished experts on what we can learn from the past generations: 

  • Looking specifically at the successful attempts of conflict resolution in other contested areas, can we define certain strategies or interventions that help promote security, peace and democracy?
  • Can such lessons from the past help us stop the bloodshed in Ukraine and prevent potential conflicts around the globe in the future?


Mr. Zardusht Alizade – Azerbaijan political scientist and an expert who participated in Track II diplomacy from the start of the Karabakh conflict.

Ms. Iryna Bekeshkina – Director at the Democratic Initiatives Foundation and a researcher on the Future of Donbas and residents of the non-government controlled areas (NGCA) of Donbas.

Mr. Vsevolod Chentsov (TBC) – the Ambassador of Ukraine to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, former Deputy Head of Mission of Ukraine to the European Union.

Mr. Pieter Feith – senior former diplomat and an international crisis management expert from The Netherlands. He held a number of high-level postings with NATO in the Balkans and served as an International Civilian Representative for Kosovo 2008 – 2012.

Ms. Katarina Kruhonja – peace activist from Osijek (Croatia), who dedicated her career to a long-term process of peace-building and reconciliation in the Balkans. She is one of the founders of the Centre for Peace, Non-violence and Human Rights in Osijek.

Ms. Hedvig Morvai-Horvat –  Executive Director of European Fund for the Balkans, former director of the Citizens’ Pact for South Eastern Europe, a regional initiative focused on cross border and regional cooperation of local communities and NGOs in SEE.

Ms. Caecilia van Peski – Chief of UN Volunteers Peace Programming Section, previously on the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (2014-2016) and European Union Monitoring Mission to Georgia.

Mr. Milorad Pupovac – chairman of the Committee for Human Right of the Croatian Parliament and President of the Serbian National Council in Croatia.

Mr. Gazmir Raci – former advisor to Edita Tahiri, Kosovo’s Minister for Dialogue, in the EU facilitated Kosovo-Serbia dialogue about the future of Serb-majority municipalities in the north.

Ms. Jovana Radosavljević – Executive Director of CSO and think tank “New Social Initiative”, based in North Mitrovica which implements key aspects of PAX’s Inclusive Development Programme.

Mr. Robert Serry – senior former diplomat from the Netherlands with extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy and crisis management. He served as United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and was involved in NATO’s operations in the Balkans and Afghanistan.

Mr David Shahnazaryan – Ambassador, Senior Analyst and prominent expert on the South Caucasus region, providing strategic guidance, innovative analysis, and specific support for the Regional Studies Center (RSC), an independent “think tank” located in Yerevan, Armenia.

Ms. Vesna Škare Ožbolt – key negotiator for the peaceful integration of Eastern Slavonia (Erdut Agreement 1995, UNTAES period 1996-1998), former Minister of Justice in Croatia, now working on a book “Croatian model of peace – how we established peace in Croatia”.

Mr. Andrew Wilson – Professor in Ukrainian Studies at University College London and a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). He has worked extensively on the comparative politics of the post-Soviet states since 1990.

Mr. Paata Zakareishvili – former State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality and an active participant of Georgian-Abkhazian Civil Dialogue.