Lecture 'Nagorno-Karabakh: A 'frozen' conflict in the Shadow of Russia and the EU'
Having acquired the status of a ‘frozen’ conflict over two decades ago, the Nagorno-Karabakh ethno-territorial dispute is more flammable than ever. Armenia and Azerbaijan, the main parties to the conflict in addition to Nagorno-Karabakh, have failed to find a solution to the conflict to deliver sustainable peace. The OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by Russia, US and France managed to keep the parties engaged in the peace process, but failed to stimulate the latter to achieve tangible results. As part of its historic neighbourhood, Russia plays a major role in the conflict and to a certain extent undermines its resolution by inter alia using the conflict to challenge EU integration processes in the region. Although the EU strived to play a more active role in Armenia and Azerbaijan, it never acquired a prominent position in this matter. The lecture will reflect on the current state of affairs concerning the conflict in the context of competing integration processes in the South Caucasus.