WiP: Laurence Broers on Azerbaijani Geographies of Contested Space

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 2nd talk of the 2020 Fall Series of the Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series, now celebrating its 10th year!

“Imagining territorial integrity: Azerbaijani geographies of contested space in Nagorny Karabakh”

By Laurence Broers, School of Oriental & African Studies

Date: September 9, 2020, at 18:30
Virtual venue: RSVP at georgia[at]arisc.org

Given the continuing COVID19 situation, we will once again hold the Works-in-Progress session virtually. The Zoom link will be posted in WiP Facebook group on the day of the talk. Alternatively, you can RSVP to georgia[at]arisc.org to receive the link

How do states facing protracted secessionist movements continue to suffuse lost territories with sufficient public affect as to warrant continued diversion of expenditures on the military, the national draft and actual mobilisation for war? This project examines this question in the context of Azerbaijan, a state confronting protracted secession in Nagorny Karabakh. The speaker identifies seven political geographies of contested space in Nagorny Karabakh circulating in Azerbaijani geopolitical culture and explores their significance for the possible resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

Laurence Broers is a Research Associate at the Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus at the School of Oriental & African Studies, and an associate fellow at the Russia & Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. He is also founding editor and co-editor-in chief of Caucasus Survey and currently works as the Caucasus Programme Director at London-based peacebuilding organisation Conciliation Resources.

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Although this presentation will take place in virtual format, in observation of the spirit of the Chatham House Rule to which the series generally adheres, the talk will not be recorded and we courteously request that the other participants refrain from recording and/or distributing it as well.

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WiP is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the new office of CRRC at Liziko Kavtaradze St. 1. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.