#NKPeace: The Armenia-Azerbaijan Karabakh Escalation Viewed From Georgia

Following the recent escalation on the Line of Contact (LoC) separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in and around the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh, BBC Azeri recently published my piece on the view from Georgia. In particular, it focuses on opinions expressed at a meeting of the Thinking Citizens platform, an Azerbaijani and Georgian-Azeri initiative. I also wrote a much longer piece for openDemocracy which was also republished by the World Policy Institute.

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Some Positive News from Pankisi, Georgia

It’s not often there’s some positive news coming out of Pankisi, better known these days as the birth place of Tarkhan Batirashvili, aka ISIS’ Abu Omar al-Shishani, but some does exist. In addition to being a tranquil and scenic part of Georgia, and perhaps contrary to popular opinion, local civil society is clued up to the problems facing the region and there are individuals and organisations trying to make a difference. One of those is Gela Mtivlishvili, a Georgian journalist who I first encountered at a closed round table on radicalisation in Pankisi we both spoke at late last year.

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International Women’s Day, Tbilisi, Georgia

Marking International Women’s Day, the Georgian Women’s Movement (GWM) took to the streets to call for greater gender equality in the political life of the country. Similar rallies were staged throughout Georgia, including minority towns and cities such as mainly ethnic Armenian populated Akhalkalaki and majority ethnic Azeri inhabited Marneuli.

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#DrunKnights in Tbilisi, Georgia

It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it. For months, Georgian multimedia journalist George Gogua and I had discussed photographing Tbilisi's bar scene. To be honest, that's not as frivolous as it sounds. When I lived in Yerevan, photographing bands like The Bambir and writing articles about bars such as the Calumet Ethnic Bar, much about the undercurrent in society revolving around a small but growing group of progressive youth could be garnered from conversations taking place until the early hours of the morning. Georgia would be no different.

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Free Thought Azeri Tea House, Tbilisi, Georgia

The BBC’s Azerbaijan Service has just published my video report on the Free Thought Tea House in Tbilisi, Georgia. The piece is in Azerbaijani, but below is a brief description in English. I’ve covered Tbilisi’s tea houses serving as a meeting space for the whole region, before, but this new venture takes things to whole other level.

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