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Policy Workshops

Policy workshop ‘Zangazur Corridor: The importance of connectivity for rebuilding the pax-Caucasian region’, 15 June 2021

On 15 June 2021, the policy workshop ‘Zangazur Corridor’, organised by ADA University, under the aegis of the COMPASS project, brought together scholars from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. It focused on discussing opportunities and challenges of transport connectivity between Azerbaijan and Armenia (via Zangazur), and normalisation of relations between the two neighbours.

The speakers included Fariz Ismailzade (Vice-Rector, ADA University); Kevork Oskanian (Honorary Research Fellow, University of Birmingham); Ayca Ergun (Assistant Professor, Middle East Technical University), Stanislav Pritchin (Senior Research Fellow, IMEMO RAS), and Ulugbeck Khasanov (Professor, UWED). The speakers underscored the importance of mitigating ontological insecurity in the region, by way of bringing in commercial connectivity projects, paying heed to cultural sensitivity of historical animosities and looking constructively into the future and the common good for all parties concerned.  The workshop video is available here.  More information about the programme and participants available here.

For background information, please read the following papers: