War and Peace in the Caucasus

 

The emergence of the new states of the Caucasus has been strained by territorial disputes. Conflicts smolder in Chechnya, Abkhazia, and Nagorno-Karabakh. Terrorism and extremism have spread into the region from neighboring Middle East and Central Asia. Islam has emerged as a factor of public life. Caspian oil and its transit routes to the West have become the object of rivalry between major powers. How these challenges are met will determine the security outlook for Russia, Europe, and, in part, the United States.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Georgia in Ferment
    Thomas de Waal April 9, 2014

    Despite the fact that political feuds continue, there is a clear political consensus in Georgia on a European path.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Gülen: Top Issue in the Agenda of Erdoğan’s Visit to Azerbaijan
    Bayram Balci April 9, 2014

    Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan takes the battle against the Gülen movement beyond the national borders, and it seems that his visit to Azerbaijan, to a large extent, was motivated by the omnipresence of Gülen followers whose activities in Azerbaijan are massive and successful.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Adrift on the Black Sea
    Thomas de Waal April 2, 2014

    The Black Sea region could do with some Turkish soft power, but it looks as though this is not a priority for Prime Minister Erdogan.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Crimea and Karabakh
    Thomas de Waal March 26, 2014

    As soon as the Crimea crisis struck, both Armenia and Azerbaijan immediately hardened their positions on the Nagorny Karabakh conflict.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Crimea Crisis: Three Lessons From the Caucasus
    Thomas de Waal February 28, 2014

    Some kind of political crisis in Crimea looks almost inevitable. At the moment the priority has to be stop having a military one as well.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Georgia Bucks Emerging Markets Downward Trend
    Michael Cecire February 27, 2014

    With signs of a stabler political climate and growing investments in Georgia facilitated by two big funds, it’s not out of the question that 2014 could see the return of the “Caucasian tiger.”

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Sochi: The Safe Games
    Dmitri Trenin February 25, 2014

    Although Russia has failed to get at the Winter Olympics the one prize it particularly coveted, the ice hockey title, it managed to win a far more important victory—in ensuring that the Games, the athletes, and spectators were safe. However, making Russia safer remains a challenge.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Abkhazia’s Sochi Disappointment
    Thomas de Waal February 19, 2014

    Abkhazia has a right to feel disappointed. The Olympic Games are happening just a few miles to the north and yet the republic has little to do with it.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    In Sochi Don’t Mention the Word “Caucasus”
    Thomas de Waal February 12, 2014

    Though Sochi is located in the Caucasus, the planners of the Sochi Olympics failed to give the games any Caucasian flavor. It looks as though the North Caucasians have been factored into the planning of the games only in so far as they present a security headache.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Preventing Terrorism During the Olympics
    Alexey Malashenko February 6, 2014

    The terrorist threat to the Sochi Olympics may come from individuals who do not belong to organized and at least somewhat known terrorist groups.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Georgia in Ferment
    Thomas de Waal April 9, 2014

    Despite the fact that political feuds continue, there is a clear political consensus in Georgia on a European path.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Gülen: Top Issue in the Agenda of Erdoğan’s Visit to Azerbaijan
    Bayram Balci April 9, 2014

    Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan takes the battle against the Gülen movement beyond the national borders, and it seems that his visit to Azerbaijan, to a large extent, was motivated by the omnipresence of Gülen followers whose activities in Azerbaijan are massive and successful.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Adrift on the Black Sea
    Thomas de Waal April 2, 2014

    The Black Sea region could do with some Turkish soft power, but it looks as though this is not a priority for Prime Minister Erdogan.

     
  • Op-Ed
    “Does the President Sargsyan Really Consider the Expression of Will in Crimea Free?”
    Lilia Shevtsova, Emma Gabrielyan March 27, 2014 Aravot Русский

    Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has said that he supports the Crimean referendum, but it is hard to say whether Armenia’s authorities could have expressed another view.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Crimea and Karabakh
    Thomas de Waal March 26, 2014

    As soon as the Crimea crisis struck, both Armenia and Azerbaijan immediately hardened their positions on the Nagorny Karabakh conflict.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Crimea Crisis: Three Lessons From the Caucasus
    Thomas de Waal February 28, 2014

    Some kind of political crisis in Crimea looks almost inevitable. At the moment the priority has to be stop having a military one as well.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Georgia Bucks Emerging Markets Downward Trend
    Michael Cecire February 27, 2014

    With signs of a stabler political climate and growing investments in Georgia facilitated by two big funds, it’s not out of the question that 2014 could see the return of the “Caucasian tiger.”

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Sochi: The Safe Games
    Dmitri Trenin February 25, 2014

    Although Russia has failed to get at the Winter Olympics the one prize it particularly coveted, the ice hockey title, it managed to win a far more important victory—in ensuring that the Games, the athletes, and spectators were safe. However, making Russia safer remains a challenge.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Abkhazia’s Sochi Disappointment
    Thomas de Waal February 19, 2014

    Abkhazia has a right to feel disappointed. The Olympic Games are happening just a few miles to the north and yet the republic has little to do with it.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    In Sochi Don’t Mention the Word “Caucasus”
    Thomas de Waal February 12, 2014

    Though Sochi is located in the Caucasus, the planners of the Sochi Olympics failed to give the games any Caucasian flavor. It looks as though the North Caucasians have been factored into the planning of the games only in so far as they present a security headache.

     

Carnegie Experts on War and Peace in the Caucasus

  • Alexey Malashenko
    Scholar in Residence
    Religion, Society, and Security Program
    Moscow Center

    Malashenko is the co-chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Religion, Society, and Security Program. He also taught at the Higher School of Economics from 2007 to 2008 and was a professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations from 2000 to 2006.

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  • Dmitri Trenin
    Director
    Moscow Center

    Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, has been with the center since its inception. He also chairs the research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program.

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