3 September 2008
Football and socio-economic research in Armenia
Meri Yeranosyan
Meri Yeranosyan

Nigar Goksel from ESI's Istanbul office visited Yerevan for a week of preliminary research with ESI's local analyst Meri Yeranosyan on Armenia's socio-economic situation. Meri and Nigar met leaders of various NGOs, international organisations, independent analysts, entrepreneurs and experts in the field.

They also had a chance to watch the historic football match between Armenia and Turkey on 6 September in Yerevan: Nigar was the only Turk to observe the match outside the stadium and Meri the only Armenian to closely see how Turkish media were airing the match from the stadium.

On 9 September, Nigar spoke on "Prospects of Normalization of the Armenian-Turkish Relations" at a Conference in Yerevan. The event was organised by the Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), USAID, and the Eurasia Partnership Foundation.

The ESI team also visited the town of Ashtarak and met some of its residents.

Nigar Göksel
Nigar Göksel
Nigar Göksel
Nigar Göksel at the conference on "Armenian-Turkish Relations and Recent Developments in the Caucasus" in Yerevan on 9 September 2008
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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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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com