CERISE Lecture: Nagorno-Karabakh: A "Frozen" conflict in the Shadow of Russia and the EU

19-04-2017 from 19:30 to 21:00
Auditorium André Vlerick, Building Hoveniersberg 24
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A “Frozen” Conflict in the Shadow of Russia and the EU’ Speaker: Dr. Narine Ghazaryan, University of Nottingham

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 for both nations. 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 neighbourhood. Although the EU, through its European Neighbourhood Policy, has strived to play a more active role in Armenia and Azerbaijan, it never acquired a prominent position in this matter. The lecture will discuss these issues to reflect on the current state of affairs concerning the conflict in the context of competing integration processes in the South Caucasus.

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