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South Caucasus

Armenia and Azerbaijan: A Season of Risks

Europe Briefing N°71, 26 September 2013

Agdam, ghost town in southwestern AzerbaijanStronger international engagement is needed to help prevent the deadly conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan from escalating gravely at a time of internal political tensions in both.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan: A Season of Risks, Europe Briefing N°71, 26 Sep 2013

Stronger international engagement is needed to help prevent the deadly conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan from escalating gravely at a time of internal political tensions in both. русский

Abkhazia: The Long Road to Reconciliation, Europe Report N°224, 10 Apr 2013

More than two decades after the Soviet Union’s collapse, the three-sided conflict involving breakaway Abkhazia, Georgia and Russia is far from a solution so all should concentrate on achievable goals, including intensified dialogue on basic security-related and humanitarian issues.

Georgia: Making Cohabitation Work, Europe Briefing N°69, 18 Dec 2012

Whether the smooth transfer of power Georgia achieved after October’s bitter election sets a standard for democracy in its region depends on whether the new government can strengthen the independence and accountability of state institutions in what remains a fragile, even potentially explosive political climate.

Armenia: An Opportunity for Statesmanship, Europe Report N°217, 25 Jun 2012

Unless Armenia’s next presidential election is fair and gives its winner a strong political mandate, the government will lack the legitimacy needed to implement comprehensive reforms, tackle corruption and negotiate a peaceful end to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Tackling Azerbaijan’s IDP Burden, Europe Briefing N°67, 27 Feb 2012

As negotiations between Azerbaijan and Armenia to resolve the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh stall, the Azerbaijan government has improved living conditions for the internally displaced (IDPs), though return to the occupied territories remains by far the preferred solution.

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Georgia-Russia: Learn to Live like Neighbours, Europe Briefing N°65, 8 Aug 2011

On the third anniversary of their war over South Ossetia, talks between Georgia and Russia are needed to create positive momentum in a still unstable environment.

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Georgia: The Javakheti Region’s Integration Challenges, Europe Briefing N°63, 23 May 2011

To ensure political stability and that there is no opportunity for Russia or others to manipulate local politics, Georgia needs to improve integration of its mostly Armenian-populated Javakheti region.

Armenia and Azerbaijan: Preventing War, Europe Briefing N°60, 8 Feb 2011

Escalating front-line clashes, a spiralling arms race, vitriolic rhetoric and a virtual breakdown in peace talks increase the chance Armenia and Azerbaijan will go back to war over Nagorno-Karabakh, with devastating regional consequences.

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Armenia and Azerbaijan: Preventing War, Europe Briefing N°60, 8 Feb 2011

Escalating front-line clashes, a spiralling arms race, vitriolic rhetoric and a virtual breakdown in peace talks increase the chance Armenia and Azerbaijan will go back to war over Nagorno-Karabakh, with devastating regional consequences.

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Georgia: Securing a Stable Future, Europe Briefing N°58, 13 Dec 2010

Georgia has maintained political and economic stability despite the shock of the 2008 war with Russia, but the government needs to use the two years before the next elections to create public trust in democratic institutions by engaging in meaningful dialogue with the opposition over further reforms.

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International Crisis Group at Work: South Caucasus
15 Jan 2012: Lawrence Sheets, South Caucasus Project Director, talks about International Crisis Group's work in the South Caucasus, promoting communication across the lines of the region's most intractable conflicts.