Isolated from one another, Armenians, Azerbaijanis and Turks remember separate histories which reinforce antagonistic conflict narratives. Laurence Broers argues that initiatives, such as the release of new film Memories Without Borders, are needed to challenge historical taboos and keep alive the possibility of reconciliation.
Approaching two million people throughout the South Caucasus lost their homes as a result of ethnic mobilisation, confrontation and conflict through the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their fate remains a key challenge for both the Nagorny Karabakh and Georgian–Abkhaz peace processes. Through film projects, TV discussions, and policy papers, Conciliation Resources and our partners in the Synergy network have recently been bringing new thinking to bear on these issues. At the heart of these activities are the peacebuilding perspectives of local people.