On 17 December 2020, the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), its project European Resources for Mediation Support (ERMES III), and the EEAS mediation support team, organised an online exploratory seminar on media and disinformation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and their role in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
The seminar brought together independent context and media experts to analyse the communications environment around the second Karabakh war and its possible impact on the chances for a genuine peace process now that hostilities have been halted. It sought to inform policy engagement by the EU, Member States, and like-minded countries directed at influencing a media and information environment more conducive to peace.
An event report is now available and can be accessed here. It summarises the discussions by looking at the context and media landscape, the challenges faced by previous interventions, the role of disinformation and media practices in the recent war, and finally the recommendations made by participants for the way forward.
ERMES III (European Resources for Mediation Support) is an EU project financed by the FPI's Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace. The College of Europe is the consortium leader in charge of implementing the project. The other consortium members are leading organizations specialized in mediation and dialogue: the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), ESSEC IRENÉ, Fondation Hirondelle, Interpeace, and MediatEUr.