Caucasus Edition


Caucasus Edition:  Journal of Conflict Transformation is an independent online publication that serves as a forum for scholars, practitioners, policy analysts and novice researchers to analyze as well as discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and issues related to it. The purpose of the publication is to contribute to the sustainable resolution of the conflict by developing and expanding on  the scholarship on the subject and encouraging diverse perspectives and analysis.

The Journal welcomes contributions from established researchers and is also committed to include the voices of emerging analysts and writers within the peace process. This inter-disciplinary online publication accepts scholarly and analytical articles, as well as reflective writings, that contribute to the better understanding of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Armenian-Azerbaijani relations and suggestions for improvement of the peace process and positive transformation of inter-societal relations. The articles can analyze the conflict as a whole or any factor that potentially has implication for the conflict and/or its resolution from the perspective of political science, economy, sociology, anthropology, social psychology, collective memory studies, comparative history, ethnic conflict, identity-conflict, conflict resolution, peace studies, mediation and facilitation, conflict transformation and comparative case studies. Views expressed in the publication are those of its authors.

Caucasus Edition an independent entity and is managed by its editorial staff.  It has been a volunteer operation since 2012.  The Journal invites feedback, comments and suggestions from its readers.

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Editorial Team and Bios

Managing Editor, Afa Alizada is a peacebuilding and development specialist with experience in inter-ethnic dialogue facilitation, conflict analysis and mapping, and grassroots conflict transformation projects. Her expertise focuses on ethnic conflicts as well as democracy, governance and civil society development in the post-Soviet states. Afa is currently a Program Officer at FHI 360’s Civil Society and Peacebuilding Department, where she supports various civil society strengthening and capacity building projects.  Previously, Afa has worked a research assistant at the US Institute of Peace, where she assisted with researching and analyzing the spillover effects of the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan on Central Asia and the rise of extremism. Afa has contributed analyses on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and peacebuilding initiatives on the Caucasus Edition and holds a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs and Conflict Resolution from George Washington University.

Managing Editor, Irina Ghaplanyan is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. She has a number of publications on the issues of security, economic cooperation, and conflict resolution in the South Caucasus and the Greater Black Sea region. Her current research focuses on Armenia’s foreign policy and political elite.

Managing Editor, Jale Sultanli  is a Ph.D. student at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and co-founder and managing editor of Caucasus Edition since 2010.  Jale organized and facilitated numerous Armenian-Azerbaijani dialogue workshops and conferences involving students, professionals and NGOs and has been involved in number of regional projects in the South Caucasus. Jale has 10 years of experience designing and managing international development projects in civil society and governance, capacity building, communication and conflict resolution in South Caucasus, Serbia, Nepal, Uganda and Kenya.  She worked with a number of international organizations such as Academy for Educational Development, FHI 360 in Washington, DC, Eurasia Foundation, Chemonics International in Azerbaijan and Group 484 in Serbia. Most recently she served as the Director of Grants Acquisition and Management at Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.  Jale co-founded and served as a co-director of the Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation from 2007 to 2010. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social and Public Policy and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace-building from Duquesne University.

Managing Editor, Margarita Tadevosyan is a Ph.D. student at School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, at George Mason University. She is currently also the Dean’s Fellow for Practice and works with the Center of Peacemaking Practice at S-CAR. Over the past few years she has been working on various projects in South Caucasus, which included research on shifts in consciousness and peacebuiling in South Caucasus and recently the ongoing Georgian-South Ossetian “Point of View” civic dialogue process. Margarita’s previous professional experience included working at the Political and Economic Section of the US Embassy in Yerevan, United State’s Institute of Peace training project and National Defense University. Currently she is Graduate Research Assistant with Center for Peacemaking Practice. She holds Master’s degree in Conflict Studies from Yerevan State University, Master’s degree in Peace Operations Policy from George Mason University, and Certificate in Peace Research from University of Oslo, Norway.

Associate Editor, Lilia Chikhladze 

Editorial Board Members:

Susan Allen Nan – School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University
Asbed Kotchikian – Bentley University
Phil Gamaghelyan – Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation
Arzu Geybullayeva – Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation
Tabib Huseynov – independent analyst

Funding and Support

The publication was originally established by Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation in 2009 with support by grants from the U.S. Embassy to Armenia and U.S. Embassy to Azerbaijan as well as the Norwegian Atlantic Committee.  Since 2012 the publication is operating on volunteer basis with no funding.

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