New report provides space for debate on Nagorny Karabakh conflict

International Alert’s new publication, Advancing the prospects for peace: 20 years of civil peacebuilding in the context of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, provides space for debate Series of debates and events held in Yerevan An event is being held today, 18 October 2013, at the Centre for Conflict Studies of Yerevan State University to present and discuss International Alert’s new publication, Advancing the prospects for peace: 20 years of civil peacebuilding in the context of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict. The report reflects the findings of five experts – Gegham Baghdasaryan, Avaz Hasanov, Masis Mayilyan, Gulshan Pashaeva and Mikayel Zolyan – and was produced as part of the European Partnership for the Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (EPNK), an initiative funded by the European Union. This event is the fifth in a series of debates held in Armenia throughout September and October 2013 to discuss the report’s findings and stimulate debate on the current status of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict. The first event took place on 20 September at the Regional Studies Center (RSC), an independent think tank in Yerevan. The event was opened by the director of the centre, Richard Giragosian. Co-author Mikayel Zolyan presented the findings of the report and opened a wider discussion on international mediation and on the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, facilitated by Richard Giragosian. The second event was held on 27 September at the Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) and featured presentations from co-authors Gegham Baghdasaryan and Mikayel Zolyan, and ACNIS Director of Research Manvel Sargsian. The meeting brought together leading analysts, policy specialists and members of the press. A third event was held on 4 October at the Yerevan Press Club. This meeting was facilitated by Haykak Arshamyan, Programme Coordinator of the Press Club, and featured co-authors of the report Mikayel Zolyan and Gegham Baghdasaryan. The fourth event was held on 11 October at the Institute of Human Rights and Democracy in Yerevan. The meeting was co-facilitated by Tatul Akopyan and Shushan Khatlamajyan, and the findings of the report were presented by co-author Gegham Baghdasaryan. The presentation was followed by questions from the audience and a lively discussion on the broader conflict. Further events are due to take place over the coming weeks at the Caucasus Research Resource Centre in Yerevan, in Gyumri and in Vanadzor. This is part of International Alert’s ongoing work in the region to introduce alternative perspectives and promote fresh thinking on the conflict and possibilities for peacebuilding. ENDS Notes to editors For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact: Ilaria Bianchi Head of Communications T +44 (0)207 627 6858 M +44 (0)7910 255 256 About International Alert International Alert is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with nearly 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace. We have been working on the Nagorny Karabakh conflict since 2003. Find out more at About the European Union The European Union is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 50 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.