PanARMENIAN.Net - The stir raised by Armenian media surprised and upset me. The very next day I spoke to the participants of the event which was planned as an ordinary academic session, with no major media coverage, political conclusions or statements envisaged. True, an Azeri guest spoke at the event. Everyone I talked to characterized her speech as overly politicized, and I'm not surprised.
The University of Birmingham is an open platform for expression. I was given a chance to present my analysis of the situation in the South Caucasus, the issues ranging from the Eurasian Economic Union to the problem of unrecognized states. The entry, as well as the discussion were free, similar to the Karabakh round-table.
At the University of Birmingham I met a very qualified expert, Kevork Oskanian, so suggestions that the entry for Armenian representatives was restricted were exaggerated. I shared my impressions from a visit to Artsakh, and the photos I made with the event attendees.
Overall, the message of all the statements and remarks was clear enough – the regions needs peace, and escalation of conflict is in no one’s interests.
It would be naïve to assume that the science is immune to financial incentives, at times ill-meant ones. Still, the important thing is that at a well-respected institution like the University of Birmingham any attempt at propaganda looks shameful. So the attempts to buy their way into a science of such scale would be made to the initiator’s detriment, which makes the stir around the issue unreasonable. And anybody displeased with the participants of the round-table discussion, should have been more active in counterbalancing their remarks.