South Caucasus


The three South Caucasus countries have taken different routes towards integration into the European Union. The different approaches obstruct a common action for further integration into the EU.

The South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation announces the first results of the Call for Project Proposals for 2017.

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.

HBF South Caucasus presents collection of articles presented on the conference "South Caucasus at a Crossroad: 10 years of the Heinrich Boell Foundation in the Region" organized on 5-6 June, 2013.


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.


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.


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.