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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.

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.

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.