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The Armenian Studies Program, Columbia University
The Middle East Institute at Columbia University
The National Association for Armenian Studies
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Little Wars and a Great Game:
Caucasus Conflicts and the Desperate Search for Peace
A Lecture by
Dr. Vicken Cheterian
Political Scientist and Author

At the moment of the Soviet collapse, the Caucasus emerged as a major battlefield. Two decades later the region continues to suffer from violent clashes. As recent events in Chechnya, Daghestan, Ingushetia, and Karabakh reveal, a new wall of separation makes communication between Georgia on the one hand, and Abkhazia and South Ossetia on the other, difficult, let alone finding a common language to end the conflict. This lecture will trace the sources of the Caucasus conflicts and their trajectory, the role of great powers, and the difficulties in finding peaceful resolution.

Dr. Vicken Cheterian is a Geneva-based researcher, working at CIMERA.
He hasworked as a correspondent in the Middle East and, later, in the Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia, and the Ukraine, reporting for leading European papers.
His research interests include security, conflicts, peace-building,nationalism, transition, democratization, and the environment. He is the founder of the Caucasus Media Institute in Yerevan, which he directed from 2002 to 2005. He holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute, Geneva. His latest book, War and Peace in the Caucasus: Ethnic Conflict and the New Geopolitics, was published by Columbia University Press (2009).

October 14, 2010
Lindsay Rogers Common Room

International Affairs Building
(Room 707)

Columbia University

420 West 118th Street, New York, NY

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