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In the Caucasus we work with people affected by conflict to challenge attitudes and foster peace, and have established a regional business network.

What children's dreams can tell us about our societies

(Русский) I love talking to children. They are so unaffected and they can tell you so much more about a society, and in a much more nuanced way, than famous politicians, experts, journalists, and the like. They are even better than taxi drivers, who tend to provide such a deconstruction of the social and political life of their country that sometimes I want to say to them: please, take me back to the airport!

Kafkaesque Caucasus: The interplay of fear and paranoia

This blog was originally published in English on the Huffington Post and in Russian on Caucasian Knot. Read it in Russian here. Recently I have become very popular among my London circle. During a recent trip to South Ossetia I had been interrogated by the security services, who publicly accused me of espionage and of sharing with the people my supposed "skills" in preparing for a "colour revolution". On my return, my friends and colleagues queued up to meet me, concerned to know how I was and what had happened.

Unheard Voices

This project was jointly conceived in 2014 by journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorny Karabakh who had been part of Alert’s previous work with the media. It brings together media actors from mainstream and independent news agencies across the region to report on stories of ordinary people who have suffered as a result of the conflict, whose voices are not usually heard. We also provide a professional development and dialogue platform for participating journalists, to build confidence and skills.

As conflict in Ukraine continues - what of Chechnya?

Recently, Russian socio-political discourse has been buzzing on a new topic, widely discussed in Russian society and by experts, but less so by the political elite and by international experts. The topic of discussion is rather significant and serious, and could mark the beginning of a new trend in the relationships between Chechnya and Russia, Chechnya and the Kremlin, and Chechnya and the rest of the North Caucasus.

The importance of a more holistic approach to 'peacebuilding' in South Ossetia

When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is read the news. I scan as many sources as I can depending on the time I have available. Many years of doing this have convinced me that nothing is written without a reason. It is as the Russian poet Mayakovsky wrote, that even if the stars are lit, it means someone needs it. A few days ago I read that the South Ossetian parliament had discussed a draft law "on subsoil and subsoil use in the Republic of South Ossetia", banning the import of nuclear waste into the republic.

Culinary dialogue in Armenia and Turkey

International Alert and the Caucasus Business and Development Network (CBDN) will present the results of their initiative ‘Recipes for peace’ at “Slavyanskiy Dvor” 246/1, Vardanants Square, Gyumri, Armenia on 31 of May 2015 from 14:00 to 16:00.

Recipe for peace: Ktrac apur/Kesme aşi (ARMENIA/TURKEY)

As part of our Recipes for peace series, each week we feature an inspiring dish to celebrate the varied - and tasty - ways in which food can play a role in building peace.