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War and Peace in Karabakh: An Analysis of Women's Perceptions

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Title: War and Peace in Karabakh

Subtitle: An Analysis of Women's Perceptions

Creators: Shushan Ghahriyan; Anna Atoyan

DOI: 10.15457/cp_1_86-99

Date of Publication: 19.02.2018

License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Language: English

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Description: Women, as full-fledged members of society, are considered to be active participants in post-conflict settlement and peacemaking. In the case of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the negotiation process has produced no significant results, and women’s experiences have been missing from this agenda. Thus, this article aims to reveal the experiences and perceptions of war and peace of Karabakhi women. A qualitative methodology was chosen for this study. Forty-eight in-depth interviews were conducted with Karabakhi women and eight interviews with experts possessing professional and practical knowledge of this topic. The research results show that although women contribute to war, they see their role more as connected to the peacemaking process. The results also provide evidence that women would like to participate in formal as well as informal sectors of decision-making and peacemaking processes. However, they are excluded from these processes and have little access to power.

Geographical Area: Karabakh, Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Armenia

Keywords: Nagorno-Karabakh, war, peace, peacemaking, gender, woman and peace

Structured recordings: Relitz, Sebastian (ed.): Obstacles and Opportunities for Dialogue and Cooperation in Protracted Conflicts. Regensburg: Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), 2018. ISBN: 978-3-945232-01-9.

Citation: Ghahriyan, Shushan; Atoyan, Anna (2018): War and Peace in Karabakh: An Analysis of Women's Perceptions. Version: 1. Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS). Text.