This manual outlines some traditional methods of conflict prevention and resolution, which have been in use in traditional communities in Central Asia. The manual has been tested during the summer labor camp that gathered together multi-ethnic youth from all over Kyrgyzstan. The summer camp was conducted within a framework of the project called “Transmitting peace-keeping traditions to the youth” and was supported by the US Embassy in Bishkek.   The manual is written in Kyrgyz and Russian languages and consists of the following chapters:

  1. Contemporary methods of conflict prevention and resolution
  2. Traditional forms of self-organization’s role in promotion of peaceful coexistence
  3. Institution of elders (aksakals) in conflict resolution
  4. The role of women in conflict prevention and resolution in traditional societies
  5. Match-making as a mechanism for reconciliation
  6. Promotion of peace by arts and artists in traditional societies
  7. Mechanisms for conflict resolution in Islam
  8. The role of sacred sites in peace-keeping
  9. The concept of collective responsibility