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Europe's East: Changing Landscapes and Mindscapes in the Caucasus, Fall 2007

Europe's East: Changing Landscapes and Mindscapes in the Caucasus, Fall 2007

In this issue of TPQ, we examine the dynamics of change in the Caucasus and the interaction of the region with Turkey, Europe and other actors. Identifying clear trends for the region can be a challenge because the Caucasus embodies many contradictions. Having changed hands many times between different civilizations has played a role in bringing about a richness of contrasts. Please click here to read the text in full.

Nigâr Göksel | 05 December 2007

A Future Vision for the Caucasus Caspian Region and its European Dimension, Fall 2007

A Future Vision for the Caucasus Caspian Region and its European Dimension, Fall 2007

The starting point of the Caucasus-Caspian Commission is that “the current status quo in the Caucasus contributes to the further entrenchment of the region’s fault-lines into its development. Unresolved confl ict casts a pervasive mood of uncertainty over the politics of the entire region, defl ects resources that could be directed towards development and hampers region-wide co-operation”. While the Commission states that “military gains resulting from the previous use of force during confl...

The Caucasus Caspian Commission | 05 December 2007

A New Way for the Caspian Region: Cooperation and Integration, Fall 2007

A New Way for the Caspian Region: Cooperation and Integration, Fall 2007

Azerbaijan is a pivotal state in what is emerging as the new Caspian political order. The region in one way or another connects Asia, the Middle East, Russia and Europe. As such it is the home to many civilizations; it is an energy and trade hub, and a gateway to the Far East countries, Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Caspian energy is of strategic signifi cance for China and Europe. A trans- Caspian component to our energy development is a win-win for all. The Europe dimension is a part of...

Elmar Mammadyarov | 05 December 2007

Think Instead of Tanks, Fall 2007

Think Instead of Tanks, Fall 2007

This article explores whether policy analysis by local think tanks can improve policymaking, strengthen democracy, and foster a wider enjoyment of the benefits of macroeconomic development in the Caucasus. As he outlines feasible roles for think tanks in these countries, the author points out challenges such as lack of incentive for change among those holding power, a deficit of democratic space, inaccurate statistics, and low appreciation for objective policy work in the societies. He suggests...

Goran Buldioski | 05 December 2007

Weakness as an Opportunity: EU Policy in the South Caucasus, Fall 2007

Weakness as an Opportunity: EU Policy in the South Caucasus, Fall 2007

With the European Neighborhood Policy, the EU’s relationship with the countries of the South Caucasus has achieved a new quality. These countries now have a concrete legal foundation on which to stand in their relationship with the EU. However, up until now the EU has not been taking adequate advantage of its opportunity. The EU is not a geo-strategic player with military power, who that will destroy itself in the struggle over a “sphere of influence”. However its principles...

Sascha Tamm | 05 December 2007

Democratization and the Conflict of Nagarno-Karabakh, Fall 2007

Democratization and the Conflict of Nagarno-Karabakh, Fall 2007

This essay explores the relationship between democratization in Armenia and Azerbaijan and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The author argues that the potential for conflict existed throughout Soviet times yet the quasi-democratization of the Soviet Union was instrumental in the breaking out of full fledged war. Though today, the conflict is an obstacle to democratization, the solution of the war in the long run also rests with democratization. These intertwined dynamics call for a long term...

Tigran Mkrtchyan | 05 December 2007

Energy Security: A New Buzzword for Europe, Fall 2007

Energy Security: A New Buzzword for Europe, Fall 2007

Without ensuring its energy security, Europe will not have enough tools to be a serious global player. The answer to the question “Is Europe ensuring its energy security?” is negative. If current trends continue, Europe will be more energy thirsty and more dependent on unreliable suppliers. On the other hand, attempts to build alternative energy supply routes for European markets face opposition by Russia. This paper argues that the EU should develop a common European Energy policy,...

Khazar Ibrahim | 05 December 2007

Georgia's Railway to NATO Passes Trough Turkey, Fall 2007

Georgia's Railway to NATO Passes Trough Turkey, Fall 2007

The Turkish-Georgian border is now the fulcrum of an East-West highway of immense geopolitical importance to the West that must now be reinforced with security ties. Georgia in NATO would be one of the most significant steps. It would stabilize Georgia and enhance security throughout the region. Therefore, it is in NATO’s interest to have Georgia as an ally. Indeed, Georgia already behaves as an ally in NATO operations. And Georgia has already accomplished impressive reforms. NATO’s...

David J. Smith | 05 December 2007

Is Azerbaijan Becoming a Hub of Radical Islam?, Fall 2007

Is Azerbaijan Becoming a Hub of Radical Islam?, Fall 2007

In this article, the author attempts to explain the leading factors behind growing Islamic infl uence in Azerbaijan. She describes social, political and economic problems as main triggers of Islam gaining stronghold across the country. The author argues that as a result of continued problems such as corruption, poverty, and semi-authoritarian government combined with disillusionment with the West and support of various religious sects from countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the rise of...

Arzu Geybullayeva | 05 December 2007

Law and Revolution: Formation of the New Legal Tradition of the New Legal Tradition in Georgia, Fall 2007

Law and Revolution: Formation of the New Legal Tradition of the New Legal Tradition in Georgia, Fall 2007

This essay aims at broadening the scope of the debate about the independence of the judiciary in Georgia while contextualizing it in the light of the ongoing transformation of the country. While the logic behind the judicial reform and its achievements to date is outlined, it is argued that protection of the citizen from excessive state interference remains a challenge for the reform process. Positive prospects regarding the possibility of striking a balance between the executive, legislature...

Giorgi Meladze | 05 December 2007

Resource Curse or Resource Blessing? Effective Management of Resource Wealth in Democratizing Countries, Fall 2007

Resource Curse or Resource Blessing? Effective Management of Resource Wealth in Democratizing Countries, Fall 2007

Decision makers of resource-rich countries often do not have the incentive to concentrate on institutional development and sustainable redistribution of energy revenues. Outlining how Norway has developed immunity from resource course, the author explores the parameters of effective resource management for Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has substantial energy wealth while poverty is still very high. There are signs of a brewing problem. The author also raises the question of whether standard...

Rana Izci | 05 December 2007

Various Voices on Turkey-Armenia Relations, Fall 2007

Various Voices on Turkey-Armenia Relations, Fall 2007

This compilation of perspectives presents the questionnaires produced by an ongoing project of the Yerevan-based Analytical Center on Globalization and Regional Cooperation supported by Eurasia Foundation. The project aims to foster a stronger understanding of the perceptions on both sides. The differences of opinion among actors in the political and NGO communities of the countries regarding the relationship clarifies some faultlines while also offering prospects. The particular institutions...

TPQ Report | 05 December 2007

Georgia's Four Years After the Rose Revolution, Fall 2007

Georgia's Four Years After the Rose Revolution, Fall 2007

The fourth anniversary of the Rose Revolution was marked again by an outburst of civil protest, this time against the very government and president such demonstrations brought to power in November 2003. The author narrates the hardships of the transition process pointing to both successes and fl aws of the current leadership. She calls for a free and fair conduct of the upcoming elections as well as the continued support of the Euro-Atlantic coalition, including the support of strong regional...

Keti Tsikhelashivili | 05 December 2007

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