The Western Framing of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Factor in Resolving the Conflict, or in its Perpetuation? (Jan 2014 - Jan 2015)

Lead academic:

Dr Galina Yemelianova, email: g.yemelianova@bham.ac.uk

Funder/ funding:

£40,170,00 The Council on State Support to NGOs of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Context

The project seeks to provide new first-hand data and insightful analysis into the process by which the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been framed through a comparative study of major existing British, American and EU political documents, English-language academic and journalistic works on the conflict, as well as through interviewing relevant EU and other Western policy-makers, British and other Western academics and journalists.

The project addresses the relationship between the conflict's framing and the lack of progress towards alleviating the consequences of the conflict through identifying the existing "gaps" in the portrayal of the conflict's history, dynamic and protagonists. It is particularly concerned with the legal ambiguity of internationally recognised notions of the "territorial integrity" of a state and the right of people to "self-determination" and their implications for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

It is hoped that the project's findings will help to generate a more balanced approach to the conflict and will contribute to closer cooperation between the academic and policy-making communities, thus facilitating its resolution.

Project aims and objectives

It is hoped that the project will (i)assist policy-makers and NGOs and civil society organisations in the West and the Caucasus in their policies towards the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by providing them with primary data and in-depth analysis of the conflict’s history, trajectory and internal and international participants; (ii) contribute to the formulation of Western, Azerbaijani and Armenian policies towards reducing instability and insecurity in the South Caucasus and alleviating the consequences of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict; and (iii) create a solid research network of British and regional academics eager to share and expand their knowledge and understanding of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and to inform government and non-government agencies involved in policy-making decisions on the conflict.

Outputs

In April 20114 an article entitled "The Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict through the Prism of the British media", 19, 000 words, was submitted to Europe-Asia Studies. It is based on the analysis of articles in The Economist, The Times, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, as well as of the BBC programmes and news on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between 1988 and 1994.