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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.

Encouraging tourism after conflict

International Alert is conducting a comparative analysis of how to improve tourism in post-conflict settings for the Government of Punjab in Pakistan.


Political experiments, divisive narratives: How Brexit jolted memories of Soviet collapse

(Russian) The morning after the UK referendum, on 24 June, I woke up feeling a strong sense of déjà-vu: that I had seen and gone through it all before, around the time of the collapse of the USSR back in 1991. For over 20 years now it has been fashionable to proclaim how terrible life was under the Soviet Union - and the further away it gets, the greater the number of myths supporting that narrative. Yet no situation can be completely bad, or good, for that matter.

Business advocacy for peace

Much ink has been spilt on arguing that economic issues trigger conflict, but what is certain is that the economy can also contribute to peace. This is the rationale behind International Alert’s ‘Business advocacy for peace’ project, which operates in the South Caucasus and Turkey.

How war trauma is passed down through the generations

(Русский) This blog was originally published on openDemocracy. 9 May is the day the former Soviet Union celebrates the end of the Second World War (or the Great Patriotic War, as it is called). I have recently read W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz, the book about a child who escapes from the Nazis and many years later goes back into the past to try and save his dead parents. The book has helped me to understand the story of my own family trauma.

სადავო საზღვრების გავლით მიმდინარე ვაჭრობის რეგულირება

მოცემული ნაშრომი მიზნად ისახავს წარმოადგინოს მარეგულირებელი ჩარჩოს შესამუშავებლად აუცილებელი საფუძვლები, რაც მიმდინარე უკანონო ვაჭრობას პროგნოზირებად, გამჭვირვალე სივრცეში მოათავსებს და თავის მხრივ, ხელს შეუწყობს ნდობაზე დამყარებული ურთიერთობების ჩამოყალიბებას.

Renewed hostilities over Nagorny Karabakh


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.