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Armenian elections: Time for Pashinyan to deliver on his vision of a “new” Armenia

On 9 December 2018, Nikol Pashinyan’s ‘My Step’ Alliance won a landslide victory in Armenia’s early parliamentary elections, securing 70.43% of the vote. Two other parties, “Prosperous Armenia” and “Bright Armenia” also passed the 5% threshold, entering parliament. The Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) that led the country until the May 2018 ‘velvet revolution’ failed to do so.

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The Economic Effect Of A Resolution Of The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict On Armenia And Azerbaijan

In a new report from June 2018, Berlin Economics - an Independent Economy Policy Consulting agency - analyses multiple dimensions, in which a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is likely to lead to economic “benefits of peace” to Armenia and Azerbaijan: public finances, trade in goods and services, the energy and water sectors as well as financial markets and investments. 

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Report on confidence-building measures and their potential contribution to a peaceful solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

LINKS (Dialogue, Analysis and Research) on 13 December published a report on the potential use of confidence-building measures in support of the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The report is the result of 18 months of work by a working group made up of Armenian and Azerbaijani experts, working under the chairmanship of LINKS in the framework of the European Union's EPNK initiative.

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3rd Oxford Conference on Contemporary South Caucasus Issues

Diplomats from the European Union  (EU), the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) joined dozens of experts and academics to discuss ongoing processes in the South Caucasus region, prospects for regional-co-operation and how to address issues related to the unresolved conflicts. The 3rd Oxford Conference on contemporary South Caucasus Issues, jointly organised by LINKS (DAR) and Oxford University this year had the theme "Regional Co-operation in the South Caucasus: elusive but necessary".

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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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Healing relationships between people is key to conflict resolution in the South Caucasus

CMI’s Head of Eurasia, Roxana Cristescu, addressed the lack of understanding on the composition of peace processes in the South Caucasus when she recently spoke at an event organized by the European Policy Centre (EPC). According to Cristescu, the EU should focus more on linking together different stages of peace processes and healing relationships between people affected by the conflicts.

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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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