Monday, November 11, 2013

BOOK: Fear, Weakness and Power in the Post-Soviet South Caucasus. A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis. By Kevork Oskanian (

( This book provides a detailed, multi-level analysis of international security in the South Caucasus and considers whether this region of the former Soviet Union, with several as yet unresolved, 'frozen' separatist conflicts, can move towards a more peaceable future. Using three concepts from Regional Security Complex Theory, amity/enmity, state incoherence and great power penetration, Oskanian forms a unique conceptual expansion of the theory, providing a comprehensive examination of both material conditions and discourses of insecurity. Applying this expanded framework onto a region of considerable complexity and conflict, the book considers the hostility between the South Caucasian states, the fissures underlying their secessionist conflicts, and the regional involvement of great powers, outlining the broader narratives that pervade societies in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The book also assesses the emergence of a security regime in the Southern Caucasus and offers a critical-prescriptive assessment of policy implications for both regional and extra-regional actors concerned with improved regional stability. 

Kevork Oskanian currently teaches at the University of Westminster, UK. He received his PhD from London School of Economics, UK and has formerly edited Millenium Journal of International Studies. His research interests include the politics of the Former Soviet Union, constructivism, the English School, regionalism, and state incoherence.

Geopolitical Map of the Caucasus
Timeline of Events in the South Caucasus 1988-2009
A Note on Transliteration and Toponymy List of Acronyms and Abbreviations List of Interviewees
1. Introduction
2. Amity and Enmity in its Regional Context
3. State Incoherence as Weakness, Instability and Failure
4. Great Powers and Their Regional Entanglements
5. A Macro-View of the Southern Caucasus
6. Discourses of Conflict in the Southern Caucasus
7. State Incoherence in Southern Caucasia
8. The Great Powers and The Southern Caucasus
9. The South Caucasus Regional Insecurity Complex

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