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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.

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Renewed hostilities over Nagorny Karabakh

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International Alert has been saddened and deeply concerned these past days by the renewal of hostilities over Nagorny Karabakh and the loss of life on a scale not seen since 1994, and our thoughts are with those affected. We express our sympathies to those who lost loved ones, livelihoods and homes.

Nagorny Karabakh: An old, forgotten but decidedly dangerous conflict

(Русский) In the early hours of Saturday 2 April, a military escalation erupted on the Nagorny Karabakh line of contact, on a scale not seen since 1994. While the breakfast news reported on Palmyra, on who is planning to restore which monuments, the disturbing news broke about this old, yet now new conflict, that overnight saw dozens of people killed.

Peace begins…

Peace cannot be imposed from the top or imported from outside. It is built from the ground up. And peace begins with all of us.

Armenia–Turkey conflict put on the table

Armenian chef Natalie Griffith and Turkish chef Gulay Cay in the kitchenLast month during the Talking Peace Festival, we brought together chefs from Armenia and Turkey for three nights of fantastic food for our Conflict Café series.

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.