Wednesday, November 03, 2010

INSTITUT: The Caucasus: Old Ethnopolitical Conflicts and New Geopolitical Design (

Wednesday, 03 November 2010, 4:00pm
Garden Room 2, Faculty House

Please join the Harriman Institute for a lecture by Sergey Markedonov (Visiting Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS).

The Caucasus is currently undergoing a rapid transformation from a peripheral region to one of strategic importance for the security of Eurasia, Europe and the Transatlantic region. Markedonov will examine some of the causes behind regional involvement of foreign states, international organizations and the European Union in the Caucasus following the dissolution of USSR. He pays close attention to Russia?s position in the region, its desire to maintain its exclusive role in geopolitics of the Caucasus and the shaping of the new regional status quo following the August War of 2008 (new political agenda for South Ossetia and Abkhazia, new Western strategies on engagement/non-recognition, impact of the August war on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution and the Turkish-Armenian rapprochement).

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