RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in a one-day conference at Oxford University’s St. Antony’s College entitled, “The impact of international and regional developments on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process,” and organized within the framework of the EPNK partnership with the support of the European Union..
The Oxford conference was organized and facilitated by the group LINKS (Dialogue, Analysis and Research) and the Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre, at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, and featured a number of prominent academics from several European Universities and think tanks, diplomats and practitioners, as well as activists representing stakeholders in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
According to LINKS Executive Director Dennis Sammut, the conference “will provide a space to analyze what has worked and what has not in the Karabakh conflict settlement process, and how the new realities that Europe is experiencing will impact the future.” He went on to explain that “the conference is designed to look towards the future, but inevitably we need to reflect and learn lessons from the past. In this regard the fact that the conference is being held on 11 November, the day when we in Britain remember the fallen from the two world wars and other conflicts, holds a lot of symbolism even for the conference participants. In talking about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict we must never lose sight of the fact that the conflict has claimed the lives of many people - especially many young people, and continues to do so. We owe it to their memories to work to resolve this conflict and rid the region of its most difficult problem.”
Speakers at the conference included, Professor Dan Healey, Director, Russia and Eurasia Studies Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford University; Dennis Sammut (LINKS and Oxford University); Dr Walter Kemp, (International Peace Institute, Vienna); Ambassador Herbert Salber, (European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Conflict in Georgia). Professor Roy Allison (RESC, Oxford University); Richard Giragosian (Regional Studies Center, Yerevan), Ambassador Khazar Ibrahim (Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to NATO), Amanda Paul (European Policy Centre, Brussels). Dr Sabine Freizer (Atlantic Council Eurasia Centre, Washington DC); Avaz Hasanov (Society for Humanitarian Research, Baku); Masis Mayilyan (Public Council for Foreign and Security Policy, Stepanakert); Professor Neil Macfarlane (International Relations Department, Oxford University); Dr Laurence Broers (Caucasus Program Associate, Conciliation Resources, London); Orkhan Akbarov, (Council of Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh, Baku); and Craig Oliphant (Saferworld, London). The deputy chairman of the Nagorno Karabakh Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee, Sergey Ghazaryan, and Deputy Armenian Ambassador to the UK, Ara Margaryan, also attended the full conference.
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