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RESTART
INITIATIVE

Building Connections for Development in
Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus

Events and Projects

Economic Connectivity | Armenia-Azerbaijan Dialogue Series (ECAADS): 2021-2024

In partnership with the Hertie School in Berlin, Restart Initiative is facilitating a bilateral dialogue initiative between Armenian and Azerbaijani experts, focused on concrete economic connectivity topics of mutual benefit and interest.

 

Since June 2022, four expert dialogues have taken place, on the topics of transport, energy, water, and markets and skills-building, with additional dialogues planned through 2024. The ECAADS project has been made possible through the support of the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As part of the ECAADS project, the United States is also supporting a media project featuring interviews with dialogue participants on economic connectivity topics, available on our Daha Yaxşı YouTube channel. A short documentary on the dialogue process is also being produced, to be completed and screened publicly in Fall 2023.

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Armenian and Azerbaijani Analyst Briefings at the German Bundestag, March 2023

In collaboration with the Candid Foundation and Hertie School, Restart Initiative brought together two prominent Armenian and Azerbaijani political analysts, Dr. Benyamin Poghosyan and Dr. Farhad Mammadov, for a briefing at the German Bundestag. Hosted by Ms. Tabea Rossner, Member of the German Parliament, the experts discussed the current state of negotiations and peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

 

The session provided valuable insights into the complex political situation in the region and highlighted the importance of continuing the dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan. 

On the one-year anniversary of the cease-fire agreement ending the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War between Armenia and Azerbaijan, in November 2021, this panel took stock of the progress and roadblocks in Armenia-Azerbaijan relations over the previous year.

 

The focus was on a future-oriented discussion of the prospects, opportunities, and challenges for cooperation, economic connectivity and peacebuilding between the two countries.

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Series on Post-Oil Development of Azerbaijan at Oxford University

In Spring of 2021, Restart Initiative conceptualized and helped organize the first-ever series exclusively on post-oil development in Azerbaijan at Oxford University, featuring Azerbaijani scholars from academic institutions around the globe. See recordings of selected lectures and our interview with Prof. Christopher Gerry, Director of Russian and East European Studies at Oxford University, on our Daha Yaxşı YouTube channel.

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