Unfreezing the Other: Collective Trauma and Psychological Warfare Over the Nagorno-Karabakh Rivalry

Francesco Trupia
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal of Liberty and International Affairs
Issue Number
Publication Date
January 2017
Institute for Research and European Studies (IRES)
This paper aims to lead an overview of the Nagorno-Karabakh rivalry between Armenia and Azerbaijan in order to highlight the frozen state of affairs through an alternative perspective left currently out within the peacekeeping operations. Therefore, the main attention is not paid to OSCE-Minks attempts to unfreeze the ethnic conflict, however to the role of collective trauma and historical imaginary to point out the Other question that will be performing a structural role when the two-decades-war will be hopefully over. Hence, what is to be forgotten from wrenching past? How will the figure of the Other – no matter Armenian or Azerbaijani – affect the post-conflict scenario currently negated by cultural prejudices and political propaganda?
Psychology, Conflict, Trauma
Political Geography
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh