IALS Fellow's Seminar: Securing a lasting settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh following the recent war

Few would deny that the resumption of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh in late September 2020 caught the world by surprise. To be fair, Baku had always warned that the state of “no peace, no war” could not continue forever. However, an international community long distracted by other regions and conflicts last autumn suddenly had its attention forced upon a conflict so long in the “deep freeze” that policymakers would have been forgiven for having forgotten about it.

Last year’s war proved to be a triumph for Azerbaijan and a humiliating defeat for the Armenian side. By the time the ceasefire took effect at midnight on 10 November 2020, not only had the Karabakh Armenian forces retreated from much of the territory occupied lying outside of Nagorno-Karabakh, but they had withdrawn from a considerable portion of territory from within the former (Soviet) autonomous oblast, also.

During the period since, the ceasefire, in accordance with its terms, has proved enduring and become embedded. However, the dispute of course remains unresolved. The purpose of this seminar, therefore, shall be to examine the possible options for the sides in securing a lasting settlement to a conflict that had defeated mediators for almost three decades. 

Author: 
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Speaker(s): 
Key Speaker: Professor Tim Potier, Chair: Professor Carl Stychin, IALS Director
Event date: 
Wednesday, 12 May 2021 - 12:00pm