How to live in a no recognized country for France 24 en Español with Ethel Bonet

Today, separatist conflicts are the main threat to stability in many countries in the post-Soviet space. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, several conflicts have broken out in the region. While many European policy-makers focus on Crimea, Abkhazia, and Transnistria, the frozen conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh remains mostly ignored by the western world. The conflict dates back to 1988 and has affected the lives of more than ten million people both in Azerbaijan and Armenia. A four-day escalation in April 2016 marks the worst fighting to date since the cease-fire with dozens of people killed on both sides

25 years since the ceasefire was declared, Nagorno-Karabakh is still in a stalemate. The Republic of Artsakh runs the region de facto with its own institutions; an own airport (blocked by Azerbaijan); a University (non recognized degrees)); a State TV channel; a National football team. The Republic survives with high doses of patriotism in a vicious cycle of military rhetoric.

While the young generation perceives itself as having lived through the war they feel a need to seek their own path as they understood that peace can not be built by just one side

The forgotten republic has been a laboratory experiment between Russia, Turkey, and Iran in the region while Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked for years in hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Unlocking the stalemate” examines the nature of identity by exploring expressions of resistance, patriotism, unity, self-determination and the future of a new generation where the boundaries between peaceful resolutions and signs of weakness have locked this crossroad.