Welcome to the website of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, the biweekly journal of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center.
This issue features analytical articles on the attack on the parliament in Grozny, Kazakhstan's bank recovery strategy, separatism through sports in Iranian Azerbaijan, and U.S.-Pakistani relations. In Field Reports, articles on Georgian visa rules for the North Caucasus, freedom of speech in Uzbekistan, the Russian-Kazakh-Belarusan customs union, and the OSCE Minsk Group's visit to the Karabakh conflict zone.
Please download PDF here - the link on the right is temporarily dysfunctional due to technical problems. 25 OCTOBER 2010 BIWEEKLY TURKEY ANALYST This sister publication to the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst features analysis and coverage on Turkish domestic and foreign policy. Issue no. 17, September 13, is now online, with articles on the state talks with the Kurdish movement, and the developments in Turkey's main opposition party.
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GROZNY ATTACK INDICATES REVIVAL OF CHECHEN NATIONALIST INSURGENCY
By Murad Batal Al-Shishani (10/27/2010 issue of the CACI Analyst)
On October 19, four Chechen militants stormed the Chechen parliament in Grozny, causing the deaths of six police officers and wounding 17. According to the Russian Interfax news agency, the militants arrived at the parliament by car and forced their way into the parliamentary compound; one of them blew himself up and two were shot dead. This attack is the second serious incident in Chechnya in recent months. In August, militants launched a massive attack on Chechnya’s pro-Russian leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s native village of Tsentoroi. These incidents in Chechnya indicate a split in the North Caucasian insurgency.
IRANIAN AZERBAIJAN: THE BREWING HOTSPOT OF FUTURE SEPARATISM?
By Emil Souleimanov (10/27/2010 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Conventional wisdom has it that Azerbaijanis, the largest ethnic minority in Iran, have historically tended to identify themselves with the idea of Iranian statehood and Shiite religion rather than ethnic nationalism. Yet recent years have shown a growth of their Azerbaijani Turkic self-consciousness which has not least manifested itself in the form of “sport nationalism”. The numerous fans of the Tabriz-based Tractor Sazi football club have become advocates of the ethno-linguistic emancipation of Iranian Azerbaijanis, an emancipation sometimes bordering on separatism and irredentism.
GEORGIA EASES VISA RULES FOR NORTH CAUCASUS RESIDENTS
(By: Eka Janashia - date added 27-10-2010)
ARMENIA EXPECTS FEW OUTCOMES OF MINSK GROUP FIELD MISSION
(By: Haroutiun Khachatrian - date added 27-10-2010)
Silk Road Forum: "Turkey and NATO: in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Afghanistan," with Vahit Erdem. Click here to download audio for this event.
Conference "Georgia: Opening new Frontiers", in Cooperation with the America-Georgia Business Council.
CACI Forum “Dealing with Ethnicities in a Pluralistic Society,” with Eraly Tugzhanov.
CACI Forum "Prospects for a Torn Turkey: Turkey's Future, and Its Implications for Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the U.S. Interest," with Halil Karaveli, Svante E. Cornell and S. Frederick Starr. Click here to download audio for this event.