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Caucasus: An interview with Micael Bogar

This post is part of our special coverage Caucasus Conflict Voices.

logoWith three frozen conflicts and many ethnic fault lines, peace and stability in the South Caucasus often seems unreachable. After living and working in the the region for many years, Micael Bogar is now Projects Manager at the American University's Center for Social Media and speaks to Global Voices Online about the potential for new media tools to circumvent divisions and bring estranged neighbors together.

Micael works as the Projects Manager with the Center for Social Media. Just before starting her work at the CSM, Micael returned from a Fulbright Fellowship in the Republic of Georgia where she worked with artists from Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey to create an artistic collective in the Caucasus. Her first experience in the Caucasus region began back in 2003 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan. After earning her degree in English from Willamette University in 2003, Micael has worked to create connections between arts communities on international as well as local levels. Micael is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at American University’s School for International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.

With telephone communication problematic between Armenia and Azerbaijan, countries still locked into an unresolved conflict over Nagorno Karabakh, the interview also references one held with Arzu Geybullayeva and touches upon the recent case of Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli, two video bloggers recently detained in Baku, as well as peace-building and conflict-resolution initiatives in the South Caucasus. The interview can be listened to below.

This post is part of our special coverage Caucasus Conflict Voices.

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