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Evolving regional values and mobilities in global contexts

The emergence of new (Eur-)Asian regions and dialogues with Europe

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Edited By Pierre Chabal, Yann Alix and Kuralay Baizakova

This book analyses the gradual fusion of Europe and Asia into a Eurasian dynamic combining institutional and identity aspects. The seventh in a series of Europe–Asia conferences covering regime dynamics, cooperation policies, regional competition, the limits of regions, mutual understanding and cross-border exchanges, it shows that Eurasian continental developments are outgrowing sub-region designations such as Western Europe, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Central Asia.

Ten years ago, before the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), regional dynamics seemed clearly delineated, especially with inter-state groupings mapping out space – the EU, the ASEAN, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) – and organisations overseeing pan-continental competition such as the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building in Asia (CICA), the Eurasian Economic Union, etc. Today, the less institutional and more macro-economic scheme of an infrastructure and transport network coined as "China’s BRI" changes the research environment.

Gathering about thirty scholars from a dozen Eurasian countries, this book contains views from East Asia (Mongolia, China), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan), Western Europe (France, Belgium), Eastern Europe (Poland, Romania, Hungary, Turkey) and the Caucasus (Azerbaijan). Asia and Europe can no longer be understood except as Eurasian sub-entities. Multi-dimensionally, the book draws from history, international economic relations, politics, geography, economics, cultural studies, public and private law, business studies, peace and conflict studies, public administration, and even literary criticism to tackle the question: what is Eurasia?

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Regional identity in the Caucasus and the Nagorno-Karabakh tensions: Azerbaijani diaspora’s activities monitoring visions by (pro)-Armenians abroad: Nasrin Suleymanli

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NASRIN SULEYMANLI

This chapter deals with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in view of the Caucasian regional identity from the perspective of the activities of the Azerbaijani Diaspora in the direction of clarifying preconceived ideas and sometimes propaganda entertained by Armenian and pro-Armenian groups living abroad.

Indeed, one of the critical and long-lived ethnic conflicts that appeared in the post-Soviet area is the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. Today, this conflict has exceeded the boundaries of a controversary among two nations and has become a throbbing territorial problem. It undoubtedly has both similarities and differences with other controversies that took place within the post-Soviet Union territory.

The 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and the post socialist system were logical results of large geopolitical processes unfolding at a firm rate. The scramble of political systems and world ideologies facing each other launched a new view of the world. To be sure, these geopolitical changes fostered problems in the economic, political and international spheres. One of these is undoubtedly the ethnic issue, that still exists in the 21st century and processes of resolving it are under the world’s political spotlight.

Some view a distortion of the Armenian/Azerbaijan Nagorno/Karabakh conflict due to Armenian and pro-Armenian propaganda striving to justify an aggression against the Azerbaijan Republic as a current issue facing the Azerbaijan community. In order of correcting if not preventing pro-Armenian propaganda that could distort the essence ←87 | 88→of the Nagorno/Karabakh conflict, the activity of the Azerbaijani diaspora...

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