South Caucasus


Web-Dossier: A Glance at the Islamic State from afar: Islam and Politics in the South Caucasus

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.

Quo vadis Armenia: North or West?

In a year which has seen positive developments for Armenia last week the government of Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan returned to its long tradition of blundering.

By Nino Lejava, Konstanty Kuzma

Armenien: Außenpolitik zwischen Nord und West

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.

By Nino Lejava, Konstanty Kuzma

LGBT Rights in the South Caucasus

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.

By Silvia Stöber