LINKS inclusive approach to resolution of Karabakh conflict reflected at Oxford Conference.

The report of the Conference “The impact of international and regional developments on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process” which was held at Oxford University on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 has just been released. The meeting was organized by the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre (RESC) at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and LINKS (Dialogue-Analysis-Research). It took…

LINKS Director addresses European security issues in keynote speech at NATO PA Baku Seminar.

LINKS Executive Director, Dennis Sammut was the keynote speaker at the 86th Rose-Roth Seminar organised by  the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in the Azerbaijani capital Baku from 16-18 June 2014. in his speech Dennis Sammut addressed key issues in European security and particularly the impact of the crisis in Ukraine on European security, and more specifically…

Ulvi Pepinova: “We should resist an imposed doctrine of ethnic hatred”.

Azerbaijani born artist Ulvi Pepinova creates glass paintings inspired by natural minerals and images of earth taken from space.  She is also a board member at Vatan (International Society of the Meskhetian Turks), External Communications Officer of Conservative Friends of Turkey and has just launched the Chelsea Young Writers Club for children. On the eve of the opening of an exhibition…

Azerbaijan at the crossroads. Unusually frank and open discussion in Brussels on EU-Azerbaijan relations and the way forward.

Officials and experts discuss problems in EU-Azerbaijan relations and the way forward at an unusually frank and open discussion in Brussels. The European Policy Centre in Brussels and the SAM, the Strategic Studies centre under the Presidential Administration in Azerbaijan hosted a round table discussion in Brussels on Tuesday, 4 March 2013 with the theme…

Democratisation, modernisation and globalisation – The EU and the hard tasks facing the three South Caucasus nations”

The European Policy Centre, a leading Brussels think-tank, has just published a policy brief prepared by LINKS Director, Dennis Sammut. Entitled “Democratisation, modernisation and globalisation – The EU and the hard tasks facing the three South Caucasus nations”, the paper looks at shortcomings that need to be addressed by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia as they…

LINKS representative addresses the 2012 Caspian Forum in Istanbul with a call to the region’s leaders to put people at the heart of policies.

The first Caspian Forum, a gathering of politicians, officials, representatives of the business community, and representatives of NGOs and think tanks, focusing on issues related to the wider Caspian Region, was held in Istanbul on Thursday 6 December. LINKS was represented by its Director, Dennis Sammut, who was a speaker on the third panel of the…

“For me, the dialogue between the soul and sound is natural.” Azerbaijani Pianist Renara Akhoundova talks to Nicholas Maltby ahead of her next London concert.

Renara Akhoundova is one of Azarbaijan’s most famous pianists. Having performed two well-received concerts in St. James’s Church, Renara will return to London to perform at Pushkin House in Bloomsbury Square on 24th November. Nicholas Maltby interviewed her for www.links-dar.org and asked her about her life and work and why her music is of interest to psychiatrists and…

“In the last two years the youth of Azerbaijan have woken up from a long a sleep.” Young photo journalist Mehman Huseynov shares his views and experiences.

Mehman Huseynov is only 21 years old. Yet he has already won several prizes for his photo journalistic work, including ones given by the US State Department, Freedom House and the World Movement for Democracy. Unfortunately even at this young age he has also had to experience what  many other journalists have had to go through in…