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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


Launch of publication as part of the joint media project ‘Unheard Voices’

International Alert has launched a publication as part of the joint media project ‘Unheard Voices’, the initiative facilitated by International Alert that brings together journalists from major mainstream and independent media outlets in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nagorny Karabakh. In the project the journalists profile the lives of ordinary people in the communities most affected by the ongoing conflict, highlighting the human cost of the conflict and giving a much-needed alternative to the widespread pro-war rhetoric.



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