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“Youth in South Caucasus..” by J. Sultanli and “Back to Basics: Preventing a New War…” by R. Giragosian

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Azerbaijani Media:  February 1-15, 2011

Armenian Media:  February 1 -15, 2011

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NEUTRAL ZONE BLOG

Degradation of a society or what is there on TV? 

Television is probably the most widespread and easily accessed type of the mass media. It is hard to imagine our daily life without it. So, I wont hesitate while saying that society is being influenced by TV and its content, the most popular of which are TV shows. Read more
 

Music theft or mutual accusations by Armenians and Azerbaijanis

Every time there is a debate on current relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, mutual accusations ignite. And more recently, the topic of discussions has been music. But not world music, mind you, I am talking about Armenian and Azerbaijani music. Read more

February 15, 2011 – Volume 2, Issue 2


ANALYSIS

Youth in South Caucasus: Agents of Peace or Future Soldiers?

The year 2010 has been a troublesome year for the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and with the public on both sides increasingly seeing war as the only way out of the stalemate – South Caucasus is starting to feel like a time bomb waiting to explode. Youth in Armenia and Azerbaijan stand to inherit the conflict and possibly be the determinants of the direction the conflict will take. They have a potential to become catalysts for peace and reconciliation or continue the cycle of hatred, blame and intolerance that prevails in the region. Whatever the direction – young people are the ones who will determine and implement it. Yet today, they sit in the sidelines without a voice and watch their governments and ‘elders’ make decisions that will determine their future. 

Youth make up a significant portion of the population, accounting for approximately 30 percent in Armenia[1]and 35.6 percent in Azerbaijan[2]. This means that one out of every three persons in these countries is under the age of 35. Having such a sizable population of youth constitutes both an enormous potential as well as challenge for the region both in the context of social, economic and political development as well as when considering implications for the existing conflicts. Read more

Back to Basics: Preventing a New War over Nagorno-Karabakh

By Richard Giragosian

Since a 1994 ceasefire suspended hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh, this unresolved or “frozen” conflict has been subject to an international mediation effort aimed at forging a daunting negotiated resolution between Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan.  The mediation effort is led by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) – through its so-called Minsk Group, a tripartite body co-chaired by France, Russia and the United States, working in close and effective cooperation with the parties to the conflict. Over the past six months, however, tension has increased, attacks have escalated, and violations of the ceasefire have culminated into a real threat of a fresh war. Read more

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