Our research aims to offer new ideas and analysis of the peace process, enabling people to re-examine key aspects of the conflict in a new and more positive light. It also instils greater confidence in civil society actors to engage in dialogue with policymakers on conflict-related issues.
LINKS runs the web portal commonspace.eu, available in English and Russian, which has established itself as a reliable source of information and analysis on the Caucasus region since its launch in 2011. Together with the complementary Facebook page and Twitter feed, we reach thousands of readers every month with our unbiased daily reports on the Karabakh conflict and other conflict-affected communities within the wider regional and international context.
In International Alert’s Unheard Voices initiative, journalists wrote about the suffering caused by the protracted conflict in stark contrast to the pro-war rhetoric widespread in the media. This encourages societies to reflect critically on the human cost of the conflict, allowing readers to view materials from all sides, challenging stereotypes and isolation. Reports published in popular online media agencies in regional languages have reached hundreds of thousands of people. We have also supported the development of a joint publication analysing 20 years of civil society peacebuilding initiatives in the Nagorno-Karabakh context. Focus groups and individual interviews conducted for this research have helped to engage wider civil society in looking back as a starting point for discussion of experience from other conflict contexts.
Conciliation Resources has produced policy briefs drawing on discussions within the Karabakh Contact Group. This analysis presents a variety of perspectives and highlights challenges and opportunities in relation to core conflict issues. We use it to engage policymakers and others in critical reflection and dialogue.
Kvinna till Kvinna is currently focused on research on the gendered effects of conflict. This will contribute to civil society’s and women’s organisations’ work and advocacy for continued efforts to prioritise the women, peace and security agenda in peace processes.