As the lead EPNK member organisation, International Alert seeks to generate alternative perspectives and fresh discourse on the Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) conflict through its media and public engagement programmes.
To do this, Alert supports key groups of local actors involved in shaping public opinion to develop alternatives to radical conflict discourse. These groups include mainstream and alternative media journalists and civil society leaders. We also engage wider communities, from decision-makers to those directly affected by the conflict, through public outreach activities in urban and remote as well as along the front line.
- Journalists in mainstream and alternative media. Building on its previous work with journalists in a series of joint conflict study and professional development programmes, Alert supports a cross-conflict network of journalists and editors from leading media outlets in Armenia, Azerbaijan and NK. The Unheard Voices project, launched in 2015, is the main platform through which participating journalists strive to stimulate public debate on the human cost of the protracted conflict by telling stories on how it affects the everyday life of ordinary people. Reports are published in popular online media agencies in regional languages, and reach hundreds of thousands of people.
- Public engagement through experts and civil society leaders. For nearly two decades Alert has supported the peacebuilding community by building capacity, providing international expertise, enabling expert analysts and civil society leaders from across the conflict divide to research mechanisms for addressing conflict-related issues (see recent publications on Northern Ireland and the Basque Country), and helping them to share this knowledge with local communities. This approach encourages public engagement in wider discussions around compromise, peaceful co-existence, and new approaches to transforming the NK conflict. Alert’s robust, local outreach methodology addresses the need for more intensive internal reflection on the costs of the conflict, as well as constructively and sensitively visualises how communities perceive and understand peace.
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