17 May 2008
ESI in Armenia: Seminar, research and conference

Nigar Göksel and Gerald Knaus went to Armenia to work with local researchers who have been collecting material on the realities and trends of various districts of the country – namely Yerevan (with Meri Yeranosyan), Karahunj village in the south (with Anna Papyan and the rest of the team of the young think tank INSS), Ijevan in the north-east (with Grigor Choginyan) and Gyumri in the west (with representatives of the Urban Institute Foundation). The team worked jointly with ESI to finalize the first phase of the comprehensive research program.

Intense work was also conducted with ESI analyst Tigran Mkrtchyan in Armenia on generating a comprehensive overview of Turkey-Armenia relations. After the seminar, Nigar stayed on for a conference in Yerevan on 20 May and a trip to Karahunj with Anna Papyan. Nigar also spoke at a round table discussion organised by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Yerevan.

Turkish Daily News, Nigar Göksel, "Turkey & Armenia: Promise amid discord" (22 May 2008)

Anna Papyan in the streets of the old part of the village Karahunj
Anna Papyan in the streets of the old part of the village Karahunj
Anna Papyan interviewing the mayor of Karahunj, Lusine Avetyan
Anna Papyan interviewing the mayor of Karahunj, Lusine Avetyan
Nigar Göksel (left) at the conference in Yerevan
Nigar Göksel (left) at the conference in Yerevan
Nigar Göksel (middle) at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation round table in Yerevan
Nigar Göksel (middle) at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation round table in Yerevan
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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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