Following the success of the Dartmouth Conference, a team of Russians and Americans sought to use the same dialogue paradigm to help the people of Tajiskistan resolve what by 1993 was a vicious civil war. Many dialogue participants became members of the official, UN sponsored, peace-negotiating team. Following the signing of a UN mediated peace agreement in 1997, the dialogue continued with a focus initially on facilitating national reconciliation, moving next to strengthening the foundations of democracy, then to using Sustained Dialogue to enable fifteen poor, divided communities to come together to create and implement local economic development projects. Next, we trained local moderators to use Sustained Dialogue to enable communities throughout the country to openly discuss the appeals and challenges of Islamic extremism.

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