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".


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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