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Harry Anastasiou

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International & Global Studies: Global Studies and University Honors


International and Global Studies


Conflict management -- Azerbaijan, Conflict management -- Armenia (Republic), Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan), Internally displaced persons -- Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan -- Social conditions -- 1991-, Armenia (Republic) -- Foreign relations – Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan -- Foreign relations -- Armenia (Republic), Ethnic conflict




Since the ceasefire in 1994, the intractable conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh continues to have a severe impact on security and development in the Caucasus region. Internally displaced Azerbaijanis (IDPs) from Nagorno-Karabakh are one of the main stakeholders in the conflict, and yet little study has addressed the impact of their symbolic values and identity issues vis-à-vis resolution efforts. Accordingly, this thesis focuses on four themes which arose in the author’s ethnographic research in Azerbaijan with internally displaced Azerbaijanis. The paper will address the group’s relation to the land, the framing of kinship and identity, relations with Armenia and the Armenian community, and perspectives on youth and trauma. Looking at the significance of informal histories and collective memory for this community, the thesis intends to add to a growing repository of qualitative study in intractable conflicts, and considers how identity issues can play a central role in both the resolution and the perpetuation of dead-lock in Nagorno-Karabakh.


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