In Nagorno-Karabakh, young people seek their own path towards peace

Following the collapse of the USSR, the armed conflict of 1991-1994 over Nagorno-Karabakh saw Armenia and Azerbaijan embroiled in a ruthless and bloody war. To this day, the fragile peace in the region is supported solely by a ceasefire agreement known as the Bishkek Protocol. The conflict saw a mass exodus of Azerbaijanis from Armenia and Armenians from Azerbaijan. Nagorno-Karabakh, which in Soviet times had been home to 145 000 Armenians, 40 000 Azerbaijanis, plus small Kurdish, Russian and Greek minorities, became virtually mono-ethnic.


Relaunch of Unheard Voices media project

In September, International Alert officially relaunched the Unheard Voices media project. Unheard Voices is the result of International Alert’s work produced with journalists from the societies affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and their collaborative efforts to highlight its effects on people’s daily lives.

All materials will be published in three languages (Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian) on our new webpage, hosted by on a dedicated webpage, provided by JAMNews.


Young researchers gather in Minsk for methodological training

As part of the new ‘Envisioning Peace’ initiative, International Alert convened a group of young researchers from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh who were mostly new to peacebuilding work. With the facilitation of our Georgian and Abkhaz experts, participants brainstormed alternatives to mainstream views and attempted to come up with ways of transforming the rhetoric in their own societies, encouraging people to consider the human and social cost of conflict, and what their lives and societies might have been like had there been no war.


Launch of publication as part of the joint media project ‘Unheard Voices’

International Alert has launched a publication as part of the joint media project ‘Unheard Voices’, the initiative facilitated by International Alert that brings together journalists from major mainstream and independent media outlets in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nagorny Karabakh. In the project the journalists profile the lives of ordinary people in the communities most affected by the ongoing conflict, highlighting the human cost of the conflict and giving a much-needed alternative to the widespread pro-war rhetoric.


Partners of International Alert and Conciliation Resources Meet in London for Strategic Discussion

On 21 October International Alert and Conciliation Resources brought together a number of key local partners from Azerbaijan, Armenia and NK for a joint strategic meeting in London. The aims of the meeting were to discuss key challenges facing implementation in the current context, including the political climate following the escalation of violence on the frontline in August and growing operational constraints, and to identify opportunities and possible ways forward.



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