International Alert, a peace building organisation working on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, on Wednesday (17 October) published a study analysing grassroot views on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The organisation "conducted a study to highlight possible alternatives to war, ways of transforming the conflict proposed by the societies themselves and potential new approaches to peacebuilding", it says in the introduction to the report. International Alert and a group of regional experts developed a qualitative research methodology based on indepth semi-structured interviews with representatives from different social groups within the relevant societies.
The report, authored by Larisa Sotieva with Arda Inal-Ipa, Jana Javakhishvili and Liana Kvarchelia, makes a number of recommendations that "aim to guide peace negotiators, policymakers, donors, and national and international civil society activists who work to promote mutual understanding and peace between the societies divided by the Nagorny Karabakh conflict".
The report, Envisioning Peace: An analysis of grassroots views on the Nagorny Karabakh conflict is available on the website of International Alert, here
On 20 January 26,000 Soviet troops entered Baku and massacred large numbers of civilians who were calling for the restoration of Azerbaijan independence. In Azerbaijan the day is often referred to as Black January.