Europe in the World

Challenges for the EU in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Azerbaijani and Armenian perspectives

17 June 2013
Richard Giragosian (External authors) and Zaur Shiriyev (Senior Research Fellow, ADA University)

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia poses a significant threat to the security of the South Caucasus and beyond, including related to energy and transport infrastructure. The EU, which has slowly upgraded its relations with the region over the past decade, still remains very much a peripheral player, seemingly content with supporting the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group and financing a number of confidence and peace-building projects. However, with the EU being one of the most ‘neutral’ external powers involved in the region, and having made conflict resolution a priority of both its European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership, there would seem to be scope for the EU to take on a greater role. In these two Policy Briefs, Zaur Shiriyev and Richard Giragosian offer an Azerbaijani and Armenian perspective on the role of the EU in the Nagorno-Karabakh, while also coming up with a number of concrete recommendations for further engagement.

An Azerbaijani perspective
An Armenian perspective

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Head of Europe in the World programme and Senior Fellow

Giovanni Grevi

Researcher in EU energy and climate policy, Institute of European Studies, Free University of Brussels

Marco Giuli

Senior Policy Analysts

Paul Ivan
Amanda Paul

Junior Policy Analyst

Ivano di Carlo

Programme Assistant

Marco Zeiss