Focus on the Caucasus
In a CREES/POLSIS event organized by POLSIS Teaching Fellow Victoria Hudson, Denis Dvornikov (who was previously a Fellow of the FCO Chevening Programme at the University of Birmingham) gave a presentation entitled 'The Challenges and Choices of the South Caucasus: Between Political, Cultural and Economic Prioritie' highlighting how despite the difficult political context between the neighbouring states due to the ongoing territorial conflicts, approaches to business and trade issues may be much more pragmatic.
That seminar followed a CREES/POLSIS roundtable discussion the previous day on 'The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: The Uses and Misuses of History' organized by Dr Galina Yemelianova. Speakers included Ambassador Jacques Faure (ex-co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group), Laurence Broers (SOAS, Editor-in-chief of Caucasus Survey), Joanne Laycock (Sheffield Hallam University) and our own Dr Kamala Imranli-Lowe. Galina and Kamala’s contributions followed hard on the heels of their contributions to conferences on the 'Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the Prism of Western Media at the Azerbaijani Diplomatic Academy and ‘NGO Cooperation: Achievements and Future Perspectives’ both held in Baku.