Spring 2002 (10.1)
- Regional Conflicts
I'm a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Conflict Analysis
and Resolution of George Mason University in Virginia. I'm about
to go to Simferopol, Crimea, to teach a conflict resolution course
and conduct a graduate level seminar at the National Taurida
University. My students will be mostly Russians, Ukrainians and
some Crimean Tatars and Armenians.
I was in Crimea last April and realized that students and even
professors did not know much about the conflicts taking place
in their own region. One social psychology professor asked me
if Azeris were Christian and Armenians, Muslim! I couldn't believe
it. That's why I feel that it's so crucial for me to include
this topic on my syllabus.
I'm looking for a good objective book (or good articles) on the
Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict over Nagorno-Karabagh. I know of
Thomas Goltz' book [Azerbaijan Diary], but I'm curious to see
if there are other good materials out there.
On your website - AZER.com - I
found the Topkhana Forest article to be very powerful ["When
A Tree Isn't a Tree: The Topkhana Demonstrations of 1988"
by Azar Panahli, AI 2:3, Summer 1994]. Since my main seminar
topic focuses on identity formation, this will be a very good
article to show the importance of symbolism in identity formation
and ethnic identification in general. Thank you.
Editor: Azerbaijan International magazine's Web site
- AZER.com - devotes an entire
section to the Karabakh Conflict. All of our articles since we
started, beginning in 1993, may be accessed through the strong
Search Engine on the site. We also recommend the Web sites AZERIGENOCIDE.org and KARABAKH.org if you're looking
for an Azerbaijani perspective.
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