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.
Memories Without Borders is a new film looking at how memory shapes identity and can unite or divide people. The production, now screening in Turkey and the South Caucasus, is the result of a two-year collaboration between a group of Turkish, Armenian and Azerbaijani film-makers.
What role can young people play in shaping political culture and addressing social problems? Twenty young politicians and civic activists from the South Caucasus recently travelled to Edinburgh and London with the aim of exploring answers to this question. Mira Sovakar reflects on how they're working to build engagement and mutual trust.
Reflecting on the importance of dialogue and vibrant local media in building and sustaining peace, Jenny Norton gives an insight into a series of workshops held with a wide range of Georgians and Abkhaz. What role can journalists and social media play in breaking down conflict barriers?
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.