Russia has its strategic interests in South Caucasus and tries to have a dominant position in the region. Its neighborhood policy comprised both hard and soft power tools that aim to increase influence over the countries of South Caucasus. However, Russia has had different results and has faced important obstacles while implementing its policies in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
This publication unites 11 articles written by Armenian, Azerbaijani and Georgian alumni of the HBF SC regional scholarship programme from 2011, 2013 and 2014, which focus on understanding the inherent changes that have occured in the South Caucasus societies recently.
Nationals of many Western and non-Western countries are joining the IS cause and those that survive the fight will bring home with them extensive battle experience and new ideas about social and political life. The danger to peace and civic order, and the growing influence of this quasi-religious military movement casts shadow over the South Caucasus, which is not at all far from IS-held territory.
Während das Jahr 2013 aus Ansicht von Beobachter/innen in der EU für die innenpolitische Entwicklung Armeniens eigentlich recht gut verlaufen ist – verbesserte Medienlandschaft, freiere Wahlen, anhaltendes Wirtschaftswachstum – hat sich die Regierung von Ministerpräsident Tigran Sargsjan vorige Woche wieder einmal gehörig vergriffen.
Wars, state failure, social and economic problems – for more than one decade after the fall of the Soviet Union, the three states of the South Caucasus, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan were faced with existential challenges. With the consolidation of state structures, the at least transitional freezing of territorial conflicts, and the strengthening of ties with Western Europe, attention to the rights of sexual minorities also increased.