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    Azerbaijan: a dual offensive
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    Written by: Vicken Cheterian All articles by Vicken Cheterian

    Azerbaijan’s strategy over the disputed, Armenian-held territory of Karabakh is also aimed at eliminating domestic opposition. But the country's rising troubles make this a self-defeating strategy.

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    An Armenian perspective on Khojali
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    Written by: Gerard Libaridian All articles by Gerard Libaridian

    Many civilians were killed in the war between the newly independent states of Armenia and Azerbaijan in the early 1990s. But the disputed period raises larger questions of common suffering, says Gerard Libaridian, adviser to Armenia's president at the time, who reflects on one incident that casts a long shadow.

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    Georgia and migration: a policy trap
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    Written by: Gavin Slade All articles by Gavin Slade

    Europe's politics of migration control are being exported to Georgia with potentially dangerous results, says Gavin Slade.

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    Abkhazia: recognising the ruins
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    Written by: Maxim Edwards All articles by Maxim Edwards

    The conflict in Abkhazia has devastated the landscape. Tourism could be encouraged by restoring some of the old buildings, now in ruins, but ownership is often unclear, so they remain a stark reminder of the desperate need to rebuild the economy, while preserving the architectural legacy, says Maxim Edwards

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    Armenia's election message
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    Written by: Krzysztof Bobinski All articles by Krzysztof Bobinski

    A flawed presidential vote that confirms the incumbent in power also exposes anew the dysfunction of democracy in post-Soviet states, says Krzysztof Bobinski

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    Bidzina Ivanishvili and the new-old Georgia
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    Written by: Donald Rayfield All articles by Donald Rayfield

    The election victory of Bidzina Ivanishvili has reconfigured Georgia's political landscape, dominated by Mikheil Saakashvili since the "Rose Revolution" of 2003. But there are already concerns over what the billionaire leader is doing with his power, says Donald Rayfield.

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    Georgia's election: lesson and prospect
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    Written by: Ghia Nodia All articles by Ghia Nodia

    The first constitutional transfer of power in Tbilisi has implications for an assessment of the immediate past as well as for the future, says Ghia Nodia.

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    Georgia: from roses to ashes
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    Written by: Nino Nanava All articles by Nino Nanava

    The eve of an election is usually a moment to predict which side might win. But as interesting with regard to Georgia's vote on 1 October 2012 may be to suggest who might lose, says Nino Nanava.

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    Georgia: politics of punishment
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    Written by: Gavin Slade All articles by Gavin Slade

    Behind Georgia's prison-abuse scandal lies a large-scale, self-funding penal system whose effects - not least psychological - pervade the society, says Gavin Slade.

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    Georgia's prisons: roots of scandal
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    Written by: Gavin Slade All articles by Gavin Slade

    The exposure of violent abuse in the Georgian prison system has shocked its people and rocked the government of Mikheil Saakashvili. The intense focus on zero-tolerance and mass incarceration in the criminal-justice system is a key to understanding why it happened, says Gavin Slade.

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    The shepherds of Sevukh
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    Written by: Marina Akhmedova All articles by Marina Akhmedova

    The Avars are an ancient people living in the mountains of Dagestan (North Caucasus). Many of them are shepherds. The blandishments of modern life are encroaching on their centuries-old way of life, but they have no chance of doing anything else, even military service. Marina Akhmedova spent some time with them and tells their stories

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    Does Abkhazia need a foreign policy makeover?
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    Written by: Sufian Zhemukhov All articles by Sufian Zhemukhov

    Abkhazia's limited international recognition has so far only made it more dependent on Russia. Sufian Zhemukhov considers how the Abkhazians might develop their status in the international context.

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    Natalya Estemirova – murdered, not forgotten
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    Written by: Tanya Lokshina All articles by Tanya Lokshina
    Written by: Alexander Cherkasov All articles by Alexander Cherkasov
    Written by: Igor Kalyapin All articles by Igor Kalyapin

    Three years ago the indomitable Natalya Estemirova was murdered in Chechnya. Her killers remain at large, and arbitrary executions of oppositional figures have remained a tool of power across the North Caucasus. Here, Tatyana Lokshina, Alexander Cherkasov and Igor Kalyapin, three of Russia’s leading human rights defenders review a deteriorating situation, and how address it

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    Abkhazia, from conflict to statehood
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    Written by: George Hewitt All articles by George Hewitt

    A bitter post-Soviet war in 1992-93 saw the Black Sea territory of Abkhazia resist invasion from Georgia and establish an independent statehood. But amid non-recognition from all but a handful of countries, and persistent hostility from Georgia, the young republic has faced many challenges in the subsequent two decades. The leading scholar of Abkhazia and advocate of its case, George Hewitt, presents an overview of these twenty years and outlines a scenario for the future.

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    Turkey and the Armenians: politics of history
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    Written by: Vicken Cheterian All articles by Vicken Cheterian

    A new generation's encounter with the Armenian genocide of 1915 is producing fresh understandings of Turkey's - and the middle east's - modern history, finds Vicken Cheterian.

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    Democracy in Abkhazia: a testing year
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    Written by: George Hewitt All articles by George Hewitt

    An eventful political period in the Black Sea republic of Abkhazia that began in 2011 with the premature death of its president, Sergej Bagapsh, continued with the election of - then a murky assassination attempt on - his successor, Aleksandr Ankvab. The ensuing challenges make the integrity of the country’s institutions and processes even more important, says George Hewitt.

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    Georgia: the next evolution
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    Written by: Tedo Japaridze All articles by Tedo Japaridze

    The direction of Georgia's domestic politics and international orientation has been much disputed since the "rose revolution" of 2003. The former senior diplomat Tedo Japaridze argues that, in order to realise the democratic promise of that revolution and to become a reliable partner to its allies, Georgia now needs a peaceful transfer of power.

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    Georgia: from diplomacy to politics
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    Written by: Tedo Japaridze All articles by Tedo Japaridze

    A veteran Georgian diplomat has chosen to enter his country's disputatious political arena. A hard decision that had to be made, says Tedo Japaridze.

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    Armenia-Turkey: the end of rapprochement
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    Written by: Vicken Cheterian All articles by Vicken Cheterian

    A diplomatic process designed to normalise relations between Armenia and Turkey led to the signing of two protocols in 2009. Its failure is rooted in the miscalculations of both sides, says Vicken Cheterian.

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    Europe’s Armenian policy: the cost of indulgence
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    Written by: Armen Haykyan All articles by Armen Haykyan

    The story of a powerful and ambitious Armenian oligarch is also a case-study in the flaws of European Union policy in the small Caucasian republic, says Armen Haykyan.

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