The official peace process has so far failed to achieve any breakthrough. The rhetoric coming from governments and societies across the conflict divide has become increasingly polarised, making our work even more difficult, especially since the escalation in April 2016.
In such an environment, building peace is a complex process, involving many obstacles and differing positions. We aim to bridge these differences by encouraging dialogue between a broad range of Armenian and Azerbaijani policymakers, media and civil society – including those in and from Nagorno-Karabakh. We strive to bring together young people, women, displaced people, civil society activists, policymakers, journalists and filmmakers and offer different means for dialogue and interaction. The key aim here is to build relationships and confidence across the conflict divide. We actively promote a gender-balanced approach across all our activities. Our activities, while mutually reinforcing, are freestanding, with member organisations often using different approaches to achieve a common objective.
We carry out our work through a wide variety of practical peacebuilding activities, for example:
- Public policy debates and dialogue with governments and other stakeholders;
- Peacebuilding courses and workshops;
- Documentary films and public film screenings;
- Dissemination of information through online media and policy papers on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and peace process;
- Comparative conflict studies and visits;
- Cross-conflict training courses and networking for journalists;
- Photography/arts exhibitions and events.
Below are some selected activities and results from our work on the following broad themes: