On April 20-21, 2013 the first seminar-workshop on Post-Soviet ethnic conflicts was held in Münster, Germany. Elnur Ismayilov, a PhD student at Münster University’s Political Science faculty, who greatly assisted in the organization of the seminar, welcomed the guests with an opening speech.
Executive director of ASN, Ibrahim Akhmadov, informed the seminar participants about the main objectives and activities of ASN. The head of Münster Graduate School of Politics professor of Political Science Prof.Dr. Ingo Take gave a broad lecture on the reasons and solutions of ethnic conflicts.
The political and press officer of Azerbaijan Embassy in Germany, Vugar Gafarov talked about the reasons and possible solutions of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He also presented the official position of Azerbaijani Government to this issue and this topic was met with a big interest. Moreover, two more lectures were given on the topic of Nagorno-Karabakh: firstly, Tim Schoot Uiterkamp, a student at Bremen University, talked on the theme of ‘The moral aspects of ethnic separation’; and secondly, Elchin Rajabov, a Master student at European University Viadrina, presented ‘The humanitarian legal review on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’.
Seminar was proceeded by presentations dedicated to ethnic conflicts in Caucasus and Central Asia. Among others such topics as ‘South Ossetia and Abkhazia – the legal and political results of recognition’, ‘The relations of the USA and Russia: the role of the USA in the South Caucasus’ and ‘The identity problem and mutual understanding in Fergana Valley’ can be noted.
The presentations, made during the seminar, will be published in hard copies for public use.