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The Annual University on Conflicts and Development

Within the context of numerous violations of Minsk II agreement and rumors/predictions of resuming fighting in the Eastern Ukraine, the Center for Cultural Relations - Caucasian House, one of the leading Georgian NGO, organized between 18-24 May, 2015, in Batumi, the Annual University on Conflicts and Development. It was highlighted how the annexation of Crimea has diminished the strategic importance of Abkhazia for Russia; the differences between the “national projects” of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and how these projects have impacted their recent treaties “on alliance and strategic partnership (of Abkhazia)/ integration (of South Ossetia)” with Russian Federation.

Towards Europe?! Straddling Fault Lines and Choosing Sides in the South Caucasus

Towards Europe?! Straddling Fault Lines and
Choosing Sides in the South Caucasus
Policy Recommendations Study Group Regional Stability in the South Caucasus
The on-going crisis in Ukraine simultaneously distracts and colours perceptions about recent events in the South Caucasus. The international community devotes  as much attention on the Ukraine crisis as it has failed to devote on the conflicts in the South Caucasus. While the Ukraine crisis reminds experts of how regional tensions led to full-blown war twenty years ago, Western leaders seem to be oblivious of the fact that yet another frozen conflict is being concocted at Russia’s periphery, between the European Union and the Eurasian landmass. This also means that the West is no closer to a clearer understanding of the tensions in the South Caucasus, as the sources of those tensions recede ever further into the past, making resolution more difficult.

Sailing the unsettled South Caucasus through troubled waters towards regional integration

Just like other parts of Eurasia, the South Caucasus is facing the challenge of a renewed East-West geopolitical competition underpinned by three evolving challenges: 1) a growing ideological gap between Russia and the West; 2) the chronic persistence of the protracted conflicts; 3) the dilemma of the post-Soviet states: European vs. Eurasian integration.