War and Peace in the Caucasus


Crimea and Karabakh

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

Crimea Crisis: Three Lessons From the Caucasus

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.

Georgia Bucks Emerging Markets Downward Trend

  • Michael Cecire
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.”

Sochi: The Safe Games

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.

Abkhazia’s Sochi Disappointment

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.

In Sochi Don’t Mention the Word “Caucasus”

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.

Preventing Terrorism During the Olympics

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

Sochi and Georgia: A Missed Opportunity

The Sochi Olympics could become the pretext for a real rapprochement between Moscow and Tbilisi. However, conversation between Russia and Georgia about the insurgency in the North Caucasus never started, and in the future this will be remembered as a missed opportunity.

Georgia and Russia: Too Much Geopolitics, Too Little Strategy. Reflections on the Future

If Russia were able to overcome its defensive rhetoric and come up with its own version of “a good neighborhood policy,” Georgia would of course benefit; perhaps more significantly, Russia itself would benefit.

Keeping an EU Focus on the Caucasus

Philippe Lefort is stepping down as the EU’s special representative for the South Caucasus. Now a new representative will have to start again from zero in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and the worry is that in the meantime the Caucasus conflicts will slip down the EU agenda.
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