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Contrasts and Solutions in the Caucasus

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This survey by scholars, experts and politicians with knowledge of, and influence in, the Caucasus region reflects its many conflicting ethnic groups and nations.

An introductory section deals with the entire region from the historical perspective, drawing special attention to its geographical importance and relations with the former Soviet Union and the present Russian Federation.

Subsequent essays analyse the ethnic and national problems in North Caucasus, Transcaucasus, Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Crimea, Nagorno-Karabakh and Chechenia. The concluding articles discuss the Turkish influence on Caucasian conflicts.

Table of contents



Caucasus - Contrasts and Solutions. Introductory Speech to the Aarhus Conference in March 1996, Henning Lehmann

'Persons of Caucasian Nationality' - Russian Negative Stereotypes, Alf Grannes

The Caucasus - a Region in Quest of Stability, Thomas Petersen

The Geopolitical After-Effects of the Disintegration of the USSR and the Reanimation of the Eurasian Idea, Gamal Z. Moutaguirov

Oil and Geopolitics in the Transcaucasus, Richard Giragosian

Conflict-Mitigation on the Spot - towards Citizens' Diplomacy, Jan Øberg

North- and Transcaucasus: Cultural Boundaries and Identity Building in the North Caucasus, Lars Funch

New Approaches to Regional Conflicts, Souren T. Zolyan

Trans-Caucasian Confederation - A Chance for Peace, Souren T. Zolyan

Ethnicity and Political Culture in Southern Caucasia - the Peoples of the Hills between Russia and the Middle East, Torben Hansen

Nationalism, Ethno-National Conflicts and History in South Caucasus, Klas-Göran Karlsson

Mountaineers, Racketeers and the Ideals of Modernity - Statebuilding and Elite-Competition in Caucasia, Søren Theisen

Crossroads - Political Stability in Armenia and Georgia since Independence, Ismail Yunus Soner


Abkhazia - Problems and the Paths to their Resolution, Konstantin Ozgan

Post-War Developments in the Georgian-Abkhazian Dispute, George Hewitt


Armenian Nationalism - Past and Present, Igor Barsegian

The Collapse of Dialogue, Christian Tolstrup


Nationalism and the Foundation of National Identity in Azerbaijan - Past and Present, Sefa Martin Yürükel

The Politico-Economic Importance of the Caspian Basin, Ömür Orhun

The Growth of Nationalism in Azerbaijan, Suha Bölükbasi

Ethnic Minorities and the Democratization of Azerbaijani Society, Aliaga Mamedov


Post-Soviet Consequences in Georgian and Turkish Policy, Fahrettin Çiloglu


The Crimean Tartars' Struggle for Co-Existence, Suat Kiniklioglu


The International Legal Status of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Rouben Zargarian

The Karabakh Conflict and Present-day Situation, Aydin Balayev & Aliaga Mamedov


The Past Explains the Present, Charles Tchkotoua

Nationalism and Ethnic Nationalism in the Caucasus - Past and Present, Daniel Heradstveit

The Case for Chechen Independence, Marie Bennigsen Broxup

The Negotiation Process between Russia and Chechenia - Strategies, Achievements and Future Problems, Märta-Lisa Magnusson


The Taste of Being a Minority, Hrant Dink

Turkey and North Caucasia - from High Expectations down to Reality, L. Dogan Tiliç

The Turkish Approach to Transcaucasia and Central Asia, Baskin Oran

Turkish Foreign Policy in the Caucasus, Mehmet Tütüncü


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