The USC Institute of Armenian Studies has selected 23 applicants from eight countries to participate in its 2022 research call – THE FUTURE OF KARABAKH.
The Institute will provide funding of more than $90,000 to researchers investigating pressing issues related to the future of regional relations in the South Caucasus and the post-war status of Karabakh (Artsakh). More than 60 applicants from 15 countries submitted proposals in response to this call.
The 2020 war has created new challenges and exacerbated unanswered questions about the future of regional relations and the status of Karabakh. This new research aims to answer some of the crucial questions for the existence and development of Karabakh.
Topics that researchers will study over the next year include: the effectiveness of the Russian peacekeeping mission in Karabakh, health care needs assessment in Artsakh, post-war energy security, war in the region, the impact of the 2020 war on entrepreneurial activities. in Karabakh, the organization of war volunteers, cultural heritage, media bias, the impact of traumatic memories and Karabakh in the Iranian media.
This diverse group of scholars come from Armenia, USA, Azerbaijan, France, Turkey, Russia, Georgia and Canada.
“Today, as Armenians in Armenia and Karabakh continue to find themselves in the midst of a humanitarian catastrophe and an uncertain future, rigorous and relevant research on these topics is not only crucial to understanding what is happened, but also to generate the kinds of reforms and policies needed to chart a new course for the future of the region,” said Syuzanna Petrosyan, associate director of the Institute of Armenian Studies at USC.
This is the fourth time that the Institute has funded major research projects. In 2016, the “Support for research on Nagorno-Karabakh and the region” program funded 14 international researchers, who all traveled to Artsakh for fieldwork. In 2017, the Institute funded 24 other scholars to examine Armenia’s post-Soviet transition through various angles, including social movements, economics, regionalism, film and culture. The program, titled “End of Transition: 25 Years After the Soviet Collapse”, culminated in two major conferences in Los Angeles and Yerevan in 2017. In 2019, the research program “From Democratic Breakthrough to Challenges of Consolidation in Armenia” funded 23 researchers. from nine countries. The Institute supported them with a total of $230,000 in research funding over three years.