International Centre of Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN) works to build peace and accord in Georgian society, placing its main emphasis on conflict prevention and resolution in the Caucasus region with a special focus on Georgia. It is an independent, peacemaking, research and training institution that was founded in 1994 thanks to financial support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and organisational support from the Centre for International Security and Arms Control of Stanford University.
ICCN recognises that its objectives to build peace are not possible without empowering civil society, advocating human rights, and tightly cooperating with other important actors. All these have since become ICCN programmatic goals. In recent years, ICCN has diversified its activities and partnerships in order to achieve a stronger impact through interaction with selected target groups.
The main long-term aims are:
- Strengthening democracy and civil society building
- Positive peacebuilding and conflict prevention/management in a divided society
- Human rights, tolerance and gender equality.
ICCN has professional experience in research and analysis, including regional security studies, sociological surveys and public opinion polling, human rights focusing on gender equality, minority rights, and IDP/refugee/migration studies, peace education including training in a number of fields, public diplomacy (track-two) efforts across conflict zones, cross-border activities and peace campaigning, media and publishing activities, and international expertise and networking. ICCN plays an active role in peacebuilding and civil society building in Georgia and the Caucasus region.
ICCN activities also include advocacy and lobbying, working through opinion multipliers, networking and NGO coalitions, public campaigning, third-party intervention: consultation, facilitation, and mediation. Itsr numerous outputs include research - including sociological research: opinion polls, content analysis, monitoring and expert assessments; nation and region-wide security studies (with resulting publications), conferences, problem-solving workshops and trainings, seminars and round tables for target groups, with follow-up publications, including in periodicals.