This publication is a third in a series of reports produced by the joint expert group supported by International Alert. The previous two included a report on Advancing the Prospects for Peace: 20 years of civil peacebuilding in the context of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict and Lessons from Northern Ireland. The new publication outlines the findings of the group’s comparative study of peacebuilding mechanisms for conflict transformation in the context of the Basque Country.
Drawing on insights from the extensive research and interaction with Spanish and Basque colleagues, the report presents findings on five key topics that formed the focus of the group’s study – healing and memory after violent conflict, the role of civil peace movements, social mediation and non-official international facilitation, democracy as a mechanism for conflict transformation, and constitutional regulation of relations between Madrid and the Basque Autonomy.
The report has been launched in Russian and will form the basis of wider discussion in the region. A series of events planned for January and February in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nagorny Karabakh will encourage people in different sectors to consider and debate the authors’ conclusions and the potential implications for peacebuilding in the Nagorny Karabakh conflict context. International Alert is also engaging additional independent experts across the region to produce written reviews of the report. Their input will inform the development of further CLU activities and help to widen the debate in the societies. To reach out to wider audiences, particularly those living in remote areas and IDPs/refugees settlements, the report will be translated into Armenian and Azeri. For international readers, an English version will also be published.
The report in Russian, English, Armenian and Azeri can be downloaded here.