The goal of this paper is to examine and evaluate the strategy on the North Caucasus during 2008-2012 as well as the current situation in this regard. The paper provides cost-benefit analysis of some of the policy components implemented from 2008 until 2012.
How to name the March 04 events in Crimea? What is the nature of the confrontation in Donbass? Anti-terroristic operation, war or local conflict? Who are leaders of so called DPR and LPR? Militias, separatists or terrorists? This is only a shortlist of issues around which hot discussions are flaring between Russian and Ukrainian experts
Already for more than a year, the international community’s agenda has been dominated by the issue of settling the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. For the first time since world war II, one state has annexed part of the territory of another state. for the first time the newly created term, “hybrid war” has entered the international relations discourse. for the first time the world faces the large-scale use of misleading terms, and cynical falsification of facts.
Since September 2014, within the frameworks of the project Ukraine – Out of Crisis through Dialogue, three working visits of Ukrainian experts and journalists to Georgia were organized, to study positive and negative aspects of Georgian reforms. In addition, three round tables were held, with the participation of experts from Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, EU countries. As a result, participants of project prepared several analytical materials.
The following document is a result of joint efforts by Ukrainian and Russian experts. Overcoming their differences in views regarding the reasons and nature of the conflict, they tried to elaborate a common vision vis-a-vis the future of Ukrainian-Russian relations, more particularly, in terms of how to avoid inter-ethnic hostility between the two nations.
This paper discusses the basic problems of the regions populated by ethnic minorities, and the attitudes of the local population towards Georgia’s foreign policy. The research was conducted in two cities, Marneuli and Akhalkalaki. Interviewed respondents are representatives of local non-governmental organizations, the business sector, the media, religious institutions, political parties and local government. The study revealed the main factors that affect the formation of the foreign policy priorities of the respondents.
The publication analyses Georgia’s European path and the Georgian-Russian normalization process following the Vilnius Summit. The paper is comprised of two independent chapters where the Georgian and Russian analysts in their individual capacities analyze separately the Georgian and Russian perspectives of the topic of research.
The publication gives an outstanding description and explanation of the situation at the Georgian-South Ossetian administrative boundary line. The paper has been prepared as a result of several field-visits to the boundary line and meetings with various local and international governmental bodies in Tbilisi.