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New study reveals grassroots views towards the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

The Nagorny Karabakh conflict has affected people across the region so deeply that it has become a key part of their identity, according to a recent study by International Alert.

“Envisioning Peace” is the largest study of its kind since the 2016 ‘April War’, which marked the worst outbreak of violence in the Nagorny Karabakh since the ceasefire was signed in 1994.

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Pre-launch presentation of Envisioning Peace analysis with EU officials in Brussels

International Alert's Caucasus team briefed a group of EU officials on the findings and recommendations of the Envisioning Peace analysis during a exclusive pre-launch presentation. The meeting was attended by EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Toivo Klaar and his advisors, representatives of the Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), the EU's Instrument contribution to Stability and Peace (IcSP), the unit for Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Mediation (PRISM) and other EU officials. 

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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.

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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.

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Confidence-building measures are an important tool in support of peace in Karabakh, but not a substitute for peace deal

Experts from think tanks and civil society groups in Armenia and Azerbaijan met in Vienna on 29 June to discuss issues related to confidence-building measures (CBMs) and how they can contribute to a lasting and peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Participants discussed the framework in which CBMs can be implemented, as well as tangible proposals on their content and timing.

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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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