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The Role of Global and Regional Actors in the South Caucasus

By Orhan Gafarlı, Arevik Anapiosyan, Mehmet Fatih Öztarsu, Khatuna Chapichadze

Ethnic Groups and Conflicts in the South Caucasus and Turkey

By Ilgam Abbasov, Hulya Delihuseyinoglu, Mariam Pipia, Sergey Rumyansev, Emil Sanamyan

Economic Cooperation in the South Caucasus and the Wider Region: Gained Losses, Lost Benefits

By Pinar Sayan, Orhan Gafarlı, Tamta Jijavadze, David Muradyan, Mehmet Fatih Öztarsu, and Vadim Romashov

Learning from Azerbaijani-Armenian and Armenian-Turkish Problem-Solving Workshops: the Essential Needs, Fears and Concerns Faced by the Societies

By Philip Gamaghelyan, Sergey Rumyansev, and P . . . Read More

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The Experience of Federalization of the South Caucasus States: The Past and the Present


By Ali Abasov, Zhanna Krikorova

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Various international organizations and the “big” powers often propose to draw on the experience of federalization to help end the conflicts lingering in some post-Soviet countries for over a quarter century now. Several questions arise when considering the option of federalization. Is it a political panacea that can ensure security and protection of rights for ethnic groups (so called minorities)? Or is it a leverage of pressure for the “big” powers, which have national interests all around the world and use it to influence smaller states? What is the relationship between the federal and autonomous (political and cultural) types of territorial governance? Does federalization provide options for the integration or disintegration of state structures?

This list of questions can be complemented by a series of more nuanced ones. Since federalization is no longer a theoretical construct, but has precedents of application, what are the lessons learned based on the available experience? Is an increase in the number of federal states predictable, or, on the contrary, is the collapse of the already existing ones more likely? In the era of post-Cold War politics, how independently from outside influence do the states and societies in the post-Soviet space choose their constitutional order? What (if anything) does the idea of federalization mea . . . Read More

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