Advancing Regional Resilience in the Wake of War: A Proposed Resilience Framework for the Republic of Artsakh
The newly established Republic of Artsakh faces many risks and lacks any established comprehensive planning frameworks. The history of the Armenians has always been a tumultuous one, filled with war, foreign occupation, and destruction by natural disasters, and it is thus critically important to make meaningful steps toward finding resolutions that are impactful and resilient to ensure the development and growth of the republic. Research methodology includes using secondary qualitative data by means of peer-reviewed literature and articles found using Georgetown’s digital archives and podcasts from the University of Southern California’s (USC) Institute of Armenian Studies, publicly available municipal documents from Artsakh and Armenia, primary qualitative data through interviews with the official representative to Artsakh in the United States and the director of USC’s Institute of Armenian Studies, and quantitative data through municipal reports and geospatial analysis using ArcGIS software. Hazard identification and thorough risk analyses reveal the need for greater physical infrastructural resilience, increased implementation of educational campaigns and programs for advocacy of sustainable and resilient practices, and an intentional increase in actions aimed at achieving redundancy in critical assets. Artsakh is in dire need of reformed long-term resiliency planning to ensure the safety and prosperity of its residents; this paper argues that with improved efforts to obtain and map data, educate and train the locals about social, environmental, and economic sustainability, and develop a hazard mitigation and risk assessment plan, Artsakh can begin to mitigate the effects of natural and manmade hazards and start towards a path to a more resilient future.
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