Welcome to commonspace.eu
Commonspace.eu is an initiative of LINKS (Dialogue, Analysis and Research) working with associates in Armenia and Azerbaijan and internationally. Commonspace.eu is an activity within the European Partnership for the settlement of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (EPNK), a peace-building programme funded by the European Union.
The editorial team of commonspace.eu welcomes contributions in the form of news items, press releases, commentaries and op-eds. The editorial team has set the following code of conduct to govern all content of the website, as well as ancillary products such as the facebook page CommonspaceEU and twitter feed, @commonspaceEU.
Opinions and reports on this website come from diverse sources. They are sometimes controversial and do not necessarily reflect the views of LINKS (DAR), the member organisations of the EPNK or the European Union.
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LINKS was established in London in July 1997 as a not-for-profit organisation. It is a small independent think tank working on areas of conflict and conflict prevention, governance, global security and international relations.
LINKS main areas of interest and expertise are:
The Caucasus and Central Asian Regions; The European Union's Relations with its Eastern and Southern neighbourhood; The foreign and regional policies of Turkey, Iran and Russia; The Gulf region and its future role in the world; Relations between the West and the Muslim world.
The DAR approach: Dialogue - Analysis - Research
LINKS believes that many of the issues we are concerned with can be solved through genuine dialogue involving all the parties that are interested; through an accurate analysis of what the problems are and what solutions required to deal with them, and through continuous research of the issues, and the factors that contribute to a particular situation.
LINKS (DAR) is a not for profit organisation registered under the laws of England and Wales.
LINKS work in the framework of the EPNK programme
LINKS (Dialogue, Analysis and Research) (www.links-dar.org) has for nearly two decades provided space for dialogue and analytical discussion, backed by in-depth research, on issues related to the Caucasus region and more particularly the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. LINKS (DAR) also contributes to a broader understanding of the conflict, and processes around it, in a wider regional and international context through constant engagement with the international community. It achieves this through its publications and through briefings to governments and institutions, within the EU and beyond.
In the third phase of the EPNK programme LINKS is working closely with two leading think-tanks, the European Policy Centre (www.epc.eu) in Brussels and International Peace Institute (www.ipinst.org) in Vienna.
LINKS' contribution to the third phase of the EPNK programme includes:
Providing daily news and analysis on the conflict and the wider region on the web portal Commonspace.eu in Russian and English. The website is complemented by a popular Facebook page (CommonspaceEU) and Twitter feed (@commonspaceEU);
Maintaining regular dialogue with the governments, parliaments and political forces in Armenia and Azerbaijan, the de-facto authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh, the displaced community of Azerbaijanis from Nagorno-Karabakh and other stakeholders from across the conflict divide - to contribute to new ideas on and approaches to the conflict's resolution;
Challenging stereotypical positions and encouraging broader strategic thinking - through articles and interviews in the mainstream media in Armenia and Azerbaijan and beyond, and through participation in roundtables, conferences and events;
Working with the European Policy Centre in Brussels, LINKS provides regular reports, analysis and commentaries on issues related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and a space for discussion on the conflict and related issues;
Working with the international Peace institute in Vienna LINKS gathers experts from the region and the international community to focus on particularly difficult points of the conflict settlement process;
As part of its overall mission LINKS provides mentoring to young academics and researchers, working on the Karabakh conflict and wider Caucasus issues, in the region and in the EU.
The European Partnership for the Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (EPNK) is a unique initiative, funded by the European Union, that seeks to positively impact the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process. Made up of a consortium of European NGOs, it works with local partners in the South Caucasus on a wide range of peacebuilding activities to contribute to lasting peace in the region. Through this dynamic partnership, EPNK seeks to build mutual understanding of and confidence in the settlement process - essential ingredients for any sustainable and peaceful resolution of the conflict.
EPNK five member organisations are: Conciliation Resources (UK), Crisis Management Initiative(Finland), International Alert (lead agency, UK), the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation (Sweden) and LINKS (DAR) (UK). EPNK partners work closely with multiple local partners across the region, and with other associates world-wide.
EPNK activities started in 2010.
EPNK activities focus on the following key themes: Dialogue, Research & analysis, Film & media, Inclusivity & participation and Training & capacity building.
For more information about EPNK visit www.epnk.org
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