Armenian-Russian Relations: Diminishing Returns


Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, independence for Armenia has faced a daunting trade-off of sovereignty for security. With the insecurity from a war with neighbouring Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh that erupted even before independence, Armenia has long relied on Russia as its “strategic partner” and security provider. հայերեն

By Richard Giragosian

Russian Soft Power in Georgia: Exploits, Limitations and Future Threats


Five years have passed after the regime change in Georgia, which, many thought, would have diverted the country from its Western course and made it vulnerable to Russia’s influence. These five years saw a surge of Russia’s “soft power” around the world, including in the South Caucasus; however, on the ground, the soft power still remains of limited nature and has failed to achieve major breakthroughs. հայերեն

By Giorgi Kanashvili

The Olympics for Abkhazia: Dreams and Reality

Despite expectations for major gains, Abkhazia, squeezed between the Russian Federation and Georgia, has undergone no substantive changes in the run-up to the Olympics in nearby Sochi.

By Akhra Smyr

The South Caucasus: The Limits of a Resurgent Russia

For the last several years, Russia has significantly increased and consolidated its power and influence in the South Caucasus. Although this process was most obvious in 2008, in the wake of the Russian-Georgian war, subsequent moves by Moscow have reinforced this trend.

By Richard Giragosian

Role of Orthodoxy in States and Societies of Georgia and Russia

Статьи, включенные в этот выпуск, представляют собой доклады, прочитанные на конференции «Роль православия в государстве и обществе» 23-25 января 2004 г. в Тбилиси, в которой участвовали представители научных кругов, духовенства, НПО, масс-медиа, а также либеральные эксперты Грузии и России.