On February 11, the presentation of the book “Armenia and Azerbaijan: Anatomy of a Rivalry” by Laurence Broers, a British researcher was held in Baku.
The book “Armenia and Azerbaijan: Anatomy of a Rivalry” by researcher Laurence Broers, who has been engaged in the analysis of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and has been cooperating with civil societies and think tanks on both sides and giving them advice for a long time, has been published by the publishing house of the University of Edinburgh.
Mr. Broers is one of the most well-known experts in the analysis of the conflict in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. In recent years, on his initiative, the organization of Reconciliation Resources regularly holds discussions and round tables on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and various experts of the Azerbaijani and Armenian society have been invited to these events. In these discussions held in the format of” Karabakh Contact Group”, experts analyzed the proposals of the parties arising from the Madrid Principles, which were initially discussed by the parties, and the prepared policy papers were presented to the official structures and civil societies of both parties.
The book presented by Mr. Broers can actually be considered as a very good scientific source in identifying parallels between the consequences of the conflict in society and the damage it has caused to the development and decline of society.
Hundreds of books and thousands of articles written by both Azerbaijani and Armenian authors on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have been published so far. Such books were also published by Azerbaijani and Armenian authors living in the post-Soviet countries and put into use of Russian-speaking audiences. Of course, the books prepared by Azerbaijani and Armenian authors are considered precious and valuable as mirrors of the discursors existing in both societies, and everyone involved in the conflict is aware of the existence of these books at least. Azerbaijani and Armenian experts continue to add to this conflict their own color. However, they pay little attention to the fact that the conflict is investigated by independent experts and institutions that are not members of both nations and that they are always in the spotlight of international security institutions. International experts, in particular conflict research institutions, have been able to create a significant base for their efforts in this regard and continue to be engaged in the analysis of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The book presented by Broers is dedicated to understanding the conflict in Azerbaijani and Armenian societies, despite a long time, the impact of the conflict on people’s images, and sort out the discourses present in both societies. The book is based on the study of such parallels.
According to the results of the book, narratives in Azerbaijani and Armenian societies lead to the formation of people’s attitudes towards the conflict, they prefer to reconcile with existing discourses rather than to hear and promote alternative positions.
During the discussions, it was noted the importance of translating the book into the language of the parties to the conflict so that it could be accepted by a wide range of readers. The participants asked the author about the discursors existing in the international community and institutions for a correct understanding of the position of the parties to the conflict.
It is understood from the current mood in the discussions that the lack of dynamics in the Azerbaijani society towards the settlement of the conflict leads to radicalism in the position of the parties. Prolongation of conflict resolution leads to a deepening belief in the inability of society to overcome the situation.