Caucasus

 
  • Eurasia Outlook
    In Memoriam: Eduard Shevardnadze, the Father of Modern Georgia
    Tedo Japaridze July 9, 2014

    Although many today may doubt the effectiveness of his policies, because of Eduard Shevardnadze Georgia has a set of options today, being in a position that in no way resembles the reality a generation ago.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Georgia: In a Roadmap, the Most Important Thing Is the Destination
    Tedo Japaridze July 3, 2014

    In recent years Georgia has taken every possible step to ensure that its western trajectory does not threaten to Russia. Georgia is seeking a constructive role, consistent with its values and in tune with its geography.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    For Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia Free Trade with Europe and Russia Is Possible
    Sergei Aleksashenko July 3, 2014

    There are few if any reasons for Russia to worry about an immediate negative impact on trade and economic interests of signing of the AA/DCFTA by Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. The Russian government’s position is more likely to reflect concerns about the loss of geopolitical influence rather than trade and economic relations.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Caucasus Emir Seeks a Re-Brand
    Thomas de Waal July 2, 2014

    The roots of the insurgency in the North Caucasus remain: local muslims, especially in Dagestan, still experience rule by Moscow as brutal and corrupt and feel they have no stake in Russian society. These roots are only likely to get deeper as Russia becomes more autocratic.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Shia-Sunni Sectarianism in the Middle East and Its Echo in Azerbaijan
    Bayram Balci, Kenan Rovshenoglu June 27, 2014

    With the conflict reaching Iraq, which reflects to the same religious divisions as in Azerbaijan, the risk is greater that Azerbaijanis Shia and Sunnites will be affected by the sectarianism of the Middle East.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Sticks and Carrots in Georgia
    Thomas de Waal June 26, 2014

    An exertion of soft power by stealth is Russia's best chance of re-establishing influence in Georgia. And its only chance of success is if the new economic relationship between the EU and Georgia fails to deliver results.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Coup d’Etat in Abkhazia Without Russia’s Permission
    Alexey Malashenko June 19, 2014

    The coup d’état in Abkhazia attracted virtually no media attention in Russia, and even less attention was paid to the parliamentary election in South Ossetia. It seems that after almost six years of Abkhazian and South Ossetian “independence,” these territories stopped being Russia’s headache, only to be replaced by Crimea.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Georgian Dream’s Day of Disappointment
    Thomas de Waal June 18, 2014

    Local elections in Georgia demonstrated that less than two years after taking office the Georgian Dream has shed a large section of its support.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    An Azerbaijan-American Puzzle
    Thomas de Waal June 11, 2014

    Azerbaijan has picked a fight with the U.S. government. The simplest explanation for this may be that President Aliyev is as paranoid and isolated as their actions suggest. If United States want to maintain influence in Azerbaijan it should find messengers who can get through some thick palace walls.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    The Problems for the Eurasian Economic Union Are Just Starting
    Alexey Malashenko June 5, 2014

    Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia signed a treaty on the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) on May 29. While Russia mainly hopes to increase its political clout, all three presidents realize how many difficulties they will have to overcome.

     
  • Paper
    The Ukraine Crisis and the Resumption of Great-Power Rivalry
    Dmitri Trenin July 9, 2014

    Russia has stepped forward in Ukraine to protect its vital interests—which the West saw as aggression by a revisionist power. The ensuing conflict will last long and have an impact far beyond Europe.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    In Memoriam: Eduard Shevardnadze, the Father of Modern Georgia
    Tedo Japaridze July 9, 2014

    Although many today may doubt the effectiveness of his policies, because of Eduard Shevardnadze Georgia has a set of options today, being in a position that in no way resembles the reality a generation ago.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Time for NATO to Look Inward
    Eugene Rumer July 8, 2014 European Leadership Network Русский

    The Wales summit will be NATO’s most difficult test in a generation, but in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, NATO is finally treating the issue of enlargement with the seriousness it deserves.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Georgia: In a Roadmap, the Most Important Thing Is the Destination
    Tedo Japaridze July 3, 2014

    In recent years Georgia has taken every possible step to ensure that its western trajectory does not threaten to Russia. Georgia is seeking a constructive role, consistent with its values and in tune with its geography.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    For Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia Free Trade with Europe and Russia Is Possible
    Sergei Aleksashenko July 3, 2014

    There are few if any reasons for Russia to worry about an immediate negative impact on trade and economic interests of signing of the AA/DCFTA by Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. The Russian government’s position is more likely to reflect concerns about the loss of geopolitical influence rather than trade and economic relations.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Caucasus Emir Seeks a Re-Brand
    Thomas de Waal July 2, 2014

    The roots of the insurgency in the North Caucasus remain: local muslims, especially in Dagestan, still experience rule by Moscow as brutal and corrupt and feel they have no stake in Russian society. These roots are only likely to get deeper as Russia becomes more autocratic.

     
  • Op-Ed
    Moscow’s Task is to Build a Nation Not an Empire
    Dmitri Trenin July 1, 2014 Financial Times Русский

    If Russia wants to stay in the game of global competition, it has no choice but to work toward becoming a civic nation, a rules-based polity, and a modern economy.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Shia-Sunni Sectarianism in the Middle East and Its Echo in Azerbaijan
    Bayram Balci, Kenan Rovshenoglu June 27, 2014

    With the conflict reaching Iraq, which reflects to the same religious divisions as in Azerbaijan, the risk is greater that Azerbaijanis Shia and Sunnites will be affected by the sectarianism of the Middle East.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Sticks and Carrots in Georgia
    Thomas de Waal June 26, 2014

    An exertion of soft power by stealth is Russia's best chance of re-establishing influence in Georgia. And its only chance of success is if the new economic relationship between the EU and Georgia fails to deliver results.

     
  • Eurasia Outlook
    Coup d’Etat in Abkhazia Without Russia’s Permission
    Alexey Malashenko June 19, 2014

    The coup d’état in Abkhazia attracted virtually no media attention in Russia, and even less attention was paid to the parliamentary election in South Ossetia. It seems that after almost six years of Abkhazian and South Ossetian “independence,” these territories stopped being Russia’s headache, only to be replaced by Crimea.

     

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Carnegie Experts on Caucasus

  • Alexei Arbatov
    Scholar in Residence
    Nonproliferation Program
    Moscow Center

    Arbatov, a former member of the State Duma, is the author of a number of books and numerous articles and papers on issues of global security, strategic stability, disarmament, and Russian military reform.

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  • Bayram Balci
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Program

    Balci is a visiting scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where his research focuses on Turkey and Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.

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  • James Collins
    Senior Associate, Russia and Eurasia Program;
    Diplomat in Residence

    Ambassador Collins was the U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1997 to 2001 and is an expert on the former Soviet Union, its successor states, and the Middle East.

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  • Thomas de Waal
    Senior Associate
    Russia and Eurasia Program

    De Waal is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, specializing primarily in the South Caucasus region comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia and their breakaway territories as well as the wider Black Sea region.

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  • Stefan Lehne
    Visiting Scholar
    Carnegie Europe

    Lehne is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, where his research focuses on the post–Lisbon Treaty development of the European Union’s foreign policy, with a specific focus on relations between the EU and member states.

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  • Maria Lipman
    Scholar in Residence
    Society and Regions Program
    Editor in Chief, Pro et Contra
    Moscow Center

    Lipman is the editor in chief of the Pro et Contra journal, published by the Carnegie Moscow Center. She is also the expert of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Society and Regions Program.

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  • 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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  • Jessica Tuchman Mathews
    President

    Mathews is president of the Carnegie Endowment. Before her appointment in 1997, her career included posts in both the executive and legislative branches of government, in management and research in the nonprofit arena, and in journalism and science policy.

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  • Lilia Shevtsova
    Senior Associate
    Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program
    Moscow Center

    Shevtsova chairs the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center, dividing her time between Carnegie’s offices in Washington, DC, and Moscow. She has been with Carnegie since 1995.

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  • Petr Topychkanov
    Associate
    Nonproliferation Program
    Moscow Center

    Topychkanov is an associate in the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program.

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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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  • Andrew S. Weiss
    Vice President for Studies

    Weiss is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Eurasia.

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