Happy New Year! On behalf of Restart Initiative, thank you for your support as we pursue our mission of building connections for development in Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus.
Since the launch of our organization in 2021, Restart Initiative has fostered high-level engagement on economic and social development topics related to Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus region. We spearheaded the first-ever series on post-oil development in Azerbaijan at Oxford University, featuring Azerbaijani academics and experts from institutions around the world. Opinions by our Founder and Chairman, Emin Milli, were featured by Carnegie Europe, Newsweek, Al Jazeera and the International Business Times.
Our Daha Yaxşı YouTube channel has conducted over 30 interviews and discussions with remarkable individuals on topics related to development in the South Caucasus – from cultivating the tech industry in Azerbaijan, to women’s inclusion in post-conflict reconstruction, to the future of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Restart Initiative newsletter (sign up here) contains news synopses, opinion pieces, and informed reflections on developments in the region, and we are active on Twitter and Facebook as well.
Part of Restart’s mission is to promote peacebuilding and economic connectivity between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Our launch event in Berlin in November, in cooperation with the Candid Foundation, the Hertie School and zenith Magazine, featured a discussion between H.E. Tofiq Zulfuqarov and Dr. Arman Grigoryan on the future of Armenia-Azerbaijan relations upon the one year anniversary of the cease-fire. To that end, I recently returned from a study trip to Armenia, where I had the chance to interview Dr. Benyamin Poghosyan on developments after the trilateral summit in Brussels.
In 2022, our work continues on regional dialogue focused on economic connectivity and development, in collaboration with the Hertie School in Berlin. We are planning a side event to take place during the Munich Security Conference in February, pandemic permitting. We are also in the process of developing a new interdisciplinary initiative on water and development in Azerbaijan, as well as projects on tech innovation and coding. In the meantime, you can expect many more Daha Yaxşı interviews, newsletters, and of course social media updates. Please follow us on all of our various channels to keep up to date on our work in the region.
We wish you a peaceful and prosperous 2022!
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Restart Initiative