Conflict Resolution in Nagorno-Karabakh: what role for economic incentives?

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TEASContinued deadlock between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh means not only the perpetuation of a crisis with political, economic and humanitarian fall-out, but also the risk of a war with regional implications. Two decades of on-again, off-again negotiations have failed to resolve the conflict and there is no indication the parties are drifting closer together. Indeed, a combination of deep-seated mutual distrust and gradual 'accommodation' to the status quo - by elites on both sides - is gradually deepening the stalemate.

In his lecture, Dr Marat Terterov, will discuss the potential for bilateral discussions around economic issues to shift the current discourse in a positive direction. The argument is not that economics represent an outright solution, rather that talks about mutual economic gains could help reshape mindsets which, at present, get in the way of tackling the most serious disagreements. There will be a question-and-answer session following the address, which is sure to provoke lively debate.

Marat Terterov is a lecturer at the University of Kent at Brussels and Principal Director of the European Geopolitical Forum. He has spent more than ten years working with Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucasus in management capacities with international organisations, think-tanks, technical assistance consulting projects, NGOs, and the private sector. Dr Terterov holds a Doctorate in Middle Eastern politics from Oxford University and writes and speaks regularly on business and politics in the FSU and Middle East. His current focus is on EU-FSU energy policy.

The lecture will last from 0900 until 1015. Tea and coffee will be served beginning at 0830.

This event, jointly hosted by RUSI and The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), is off the record and closed to the media.

 To register please email Emily Callaghan, emilyc@rusi.org.



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