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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.

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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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Importance of confidence-building measures for resolution of the Karabakh conflict stressed at event at European Parliament

The role of the Sarsang Reservoir as a confidence-building measure in support of the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was discussed at an event held in the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Speakers and participants in the meeting stressed the importance of confidence-building measures as tools in support of a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as the importance to ensure water resources for communities in the conflict affected region.

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South Caucasus issues discussed at Oxford University

More than fifty academics, diplomats, regional experts and activists from the South Caucasus, wider Europe and beyond, gathered in Oxford on 27 and 28 February for a conference entitled "The South Caucasus at a time of shifting international paradigms". The conference, held at St Antony's College Oxford was organised by Oxford University and the British organisation LINKS.

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Is it time to bring peacekeeping and confidence building back onto the agenda?

The “four-day war”, fought between the Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces from 1-5 April 2016, has forced the international community to take a fresh look at the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Although the fighting ended with a truce reached under Russia’s auspices, it showed the threat for further escalation and violence to be very real, raising the stakes for both sides in the conflict, and for the international community.

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Securing an Armenian-Azerbaijani agreement: the roles of international and local security providers

Mutual insecurity is a primary driver of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict and a dominant factor in contemporary Armenian-Azerbaijani relations. The current peace proposal, known as the Madrid Principles, addresses the issue of insecurity through the envisaged deployment of an international peacekeeping operation, as part of a wider security package.

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Securing an Armenian-Azerbaijani agreement: the roles of international and local security providers

Mutual insecurity is a primary driver of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict and a dominant factor in contemporary Armenian-Azerbaijani relations. The current peace proposal, known as the Madrid Principles, addresses the issue of insecurity through the envisaged deployment of an international peacekeeping operation, as part of a wider security package.

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