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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."
"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."
In this piece for commonspace.eu, Yalchin Mammadov discusses whether the Lachin Corridor can exist without a "Zangezur Corridor", and vice-versa. He adds that although a major obstacle is the lack of clarity in the November 2020 Trilateral Statement, "the good thing about this situation is that it gives a reason and a topic to the parties to talk to each other. The future of connectivity in the region will largely depend on how constructively they take this opportunity."
"Ironically, the outcome of last week’s events in Tbilisi might in fact positively contribute to the possibility of receiving EU candidate status, and may indicate a decline in Russia’s ability to bully its neighbors into pushing a Russian agenda in domestic politics," writes Giorgi Arziani for commonspace.eu.