Abkhazia, Transdniestria, and northern Cyprus exist on maps but are not full nation states. Life goes on, but it is all a little more complicated than elsewhere in the world.
The three South Caucasian countries have found a way to manage their relationship with Russia. If their leaders do nothing stupid to alienate their own populations, they stand a good chance of navigating 2019 without a confrontation with Moscow.
Georgian society has been politically divided for years, so the heated tone of the recent presidential election was not all that surprising. Increasingly entrenched political polarization, however, would complicate the consolidation of Georgian democracy
Abkhazia, Transdniestria, and northern Cyprus, three unrecognized statelets in Europe that arose during conflicts in the twentieth century, have endured for decades. Despite many problems, they are self-governing and stable, and they show no signs of collapsing.
This new edition of The Caucasus is a thorough update of an essential guide that has in-troduced thousands of readers to a complex region.
A young democracy in the Caucasus has adopted a very aggressive style of campaigning.
The Georgian presidential election will go to another round after a hotly-contested vote. That’s a good sign for democracy.
China is increasingly central in world politics. Western nations should remain open to its initiatives and engage it in dialogue through multilateral institutions.
What conservative civic activism portends for global civil society.
Moscow’s recognition of both Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states in 2008 has benefited no one—including the two territories and Russia itself.