Founded on April 7, 1994, the Association of Middle East Studies, Kyiv, (AMES) is a think tank dedicated to the analysis of the Middle Eastern politics, Ukrainian foreign and domestic policies, Black Sea security, Muslim and other minorities' issues with a particular focus on Crimea. AMES is member of the Civic Council under the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2003. AMES participated in drafting the February 2006 Presidential Decree "On the political, social and economic situation in Crimea"; consulted for the UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Program (1999 – 2001); and won the 2005 Book of the Year award in humanities for the collective monograph "Islamic Identity in Ukraine."
Since 2008 AMES is increasingly engaged in international programs for regional conflict resolution and peace-building. AMES is a member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC) – an international civic network that extensively cooperates with the European Commission, the UN systems and other international agencies. In the framework of GPPAC, AMES has implemented a post-conflict assessment mission in Transnistria/Moldova in December 2008 – February 2009.
Project design/management experience:
Transnistrian crisis: is reconciliation a way out? Venue: Moldova, implemented as part of regional efforts of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts, East Europe network (GPPAC/East Europe), funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) (April 2010 - May 2011);
'Crimean Mediator', funded by the Foreign and Common Wealth Office, U.K. (June – October 2009);
'Prevention of ethnic tensions in Crimea: the role of local authorities, media and education', funded by the International Renaissance Foundation and Czech MFA (Sept. 2008 – June 2009);
'Increasing capacity of the local self-governments to prevent conflicts in the context of local self-government reforms', funded by Polish MFA (July – December, 2008);
'Regulating inter-ethnic tensions in Crimea', funded by the International Renaissance Foundation and Czech MFA (May – July, 2008);
'Why do we need more civic tolerance in Crimea? A view from the national security perspective', the U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Section Democracy Grants Program (April – August, 2008);
Accommodating diversity. An introduction to civic tolerance and identity politics for local public administration and media in Crimea – August – December 2007 (funded by MFA, Poland);
‘Muslims and authorities: a test for civic tolerance’ – policy research project funded by the International Renaissance Foundation (2007 – 2008);
‘Islamic Identity in Ukraine’ – sponsored by the International Renaissance Foundation December 2003 – 2004. The study resulted in publication of a monograph “Islamic Identity in Ukraine”, nominated for the national “Book of the Year” prize in humanities in 2005;
Azeri Oil for Ukraine. November 2000 – April 2001. Commissioned by Druzhba Pipelines (major Ukrainian oil-pipeline operator). (Based on extensive interviews in Baku with with key oil-sectors operators, including SOCAR and international operators such as BP, Statoil etc., and the entire political spectrum – the idea of the Project was to suggest ways to ensure sufficient supply of Azeri crude to Odessa – Brody pipeline; the Project also included political risk assessment in the run up to the highly contested November 2000 parliamentary elections).
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