The European Policy Centre (EPC), in cooperation with LINKS Europe, hosted an online round table event on Wednesday, 14 October, enabling experts and parliamentarians, from Armenia, Azerbaijan and the EU to discuss the ongoing conflict in the South Caucasus and the EU's response to it. The title of the round table was "War in the EU's neighbourhood: What can and should the EU be doing in the South Caucasus?"
The speakers at the event were Dennis Sammut, Director, LINKS Europe; Benyamin Poghosyan, Founder and Chairman, Center for Political and Economic Strategic Studies, Yerevan; Fuad Shahbazov, Senior Research Analyst, Center for Strategic Communications, Baku; Nigar Arpadarai, Member of the Azerbaijani Parliament; Mikayel Zolyan, Member of the Armenian Parliament; Andrius Kubilius MEP, Chairman of EURONEST Committee, European Parliament Former Prime Minister of Lithuania
The event which was moderated by Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst, EPC, assisted by William Murray, Project officer and co-ordinator, LINKS Europe, was held under Chatham House rules.
A spokesperson for LINKS Europe in the Hague said that webinair enabled politicians and analysts from across the conflict divide to join EU colleagues to share views and information at a very delicate moment in the ongoing situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. "LINKS Europe welcomes the fact that event was conducted in a calm and constructive manner, and we are determined to continue providing the space and the platforms necessary for both sides to exchange opinions and make their positions known and better understood."
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photo: Screengrab from the webinair organised by LINKS Europe and the European Policy Centre on 14 October 2020
Benyamin Poghosyan gives an Armenian perspective on the outcome of the present hostilities, exploring four possible scenarios.