GAPS AND OVERLAPS: Navigating through contested German-Russian-Ukrainian narratives
This report is the result of a German-Russian-Ukrainian1 dialogue project which was designed
and implemented by inmedio peace consult gGmbH (Berlin), the Institute for Law and Public
Policy, ILPP (Moscow) and the Centre of Public Initiatives - Ideas for Change (Kyiv).
Using the Mediative Dialogue Approach developed by inmedio peace consult, 18 experts from
academia, think tanks and NGOs as well as journalists and dialogue practitioners met in Berlin in
November 2019. They analysed and reflected on German, Russian and Ukrainian narratives on
what went wrong since the end of the Cold War regarding the deterioration of relations between
the respective countries. The discussed narratives often reflect deeply held beliefs,
which have their basis in individual and collective experience; at the same time they may have
served to shape those beliefs as a result of state-led efforts aimed at manipulating public opinion.
Understanding2 how a narrative unfolded does not necessarily mean agreeing with it. However,
the attempt to understand helps to prepare the ground for effective negotiations searching
for ways out of the current crisis.