The recent escalation of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory known as Nagorno-Karabakh threatens to further destabilize the Caucasus. Russia and Turkey has traditionally supported one party each, and the conflict has drawn in mercenaries fresh from fighting in Libya and Syria. In this Webinar we want to dive deep into the history and regional consequences of the conflict. Why did it escalate now? What are the regional consequences? Andhow will the November 10th fragile ceasefire-agreement further (de-)stabilize the region of the South Caucasus.
YATA Oslo is proud to present our excellent panel to enlighten us on the past, present and future of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict:
Aude Merlin is a professor of Political Science at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). She has worked extensively on post-conflict transformation in the Caucasus and Russia. Her works in particular address social, political and identity transformations in the post-Soviet space. Her recent research project focused on the question of warlike habitus and conversions of the war experience in the post-war reality in the Caucasus. She has published articles on comparative analysis of the conflicts and peace-building in the Caucasus, as well as on the topic of the Armenian volunteer fighters in the Nagorno-Karabakh war.
Laurence Broers is the Caucasus programme director at London-based peacebuilding organization Conciliation Resources. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a researcher of conflicts in the South Caucasus and practitioner of peacebuilding initiatives in the region. He is also the author of Armenia and Azerbaijan: Anatomy of a Rivalry (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of the Caucasus (Routledge 2020) and Armenia’s Velvet Revolution: Authoritarian Decline and Civil Resistance in a Multipolar World (I.B. Tauris, 2020).
Armine Bagiyan is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo. Her research interests cover post-socialist civil society, social movements, democratisation and urbanism. She has a degree in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and has worked extensively in the region. She will be moderating the session.
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