In this op-ed for commonspace.eu, Onnik James Krikorian writes that culture can play a critical role in the Armenia-Azerbaijan peace-building process. "It can provide positive examples of coexistence and demonstrate how Armenians and Azerbaijanis share similarities despite dominant nationalist narratives that suggest otherwise. Acknowledging and respecting cultural differences could be instrumental in promoting peace and resolving conflicts."
Kazakhstan went to the polls yesterday on Sunday (19 March) in a snap parliamentary election. Exit polls have suggested victory for the ruling Amanat party, who are projected to have won around 53% of the vote.
According to three polls conducted by different organisations in Kazakhstan, the second largest party is expected to be the Auyl People's Democratic Patriotic Party, who are projected to have taken around 10% of the vote.
"In the new realities of Central Asia, Turkmenistan is and will be a pivotal player in regional energy and connectivity politics," writes Mahammad Mammadov for commonspace.eu. "It gives Ashgabat many opportunities to build linkages to different power centers and increase its clout in regional affairs. So far, Berdimuhamedov’s government has pursued an “engaged neutrality” policy to reap the benefits of regional openings while maintaining regime security at home."