Also by Liz Fuller
February 17, 2017
An Update On Georgia's Military Reform
January 27, 2011
It May Be Too Late For A New North Caucasus Policy
October 15, 2009
Will Serzh Sarkisian's Biggest Gamble Pay Off?
A little less than three years ago, Serzh Sarkisian, then Armenian defense minister, nailed his foreign-policy colors to the mast by publishing a commentary calling for Turkey and Armenia to establish diplomatic and good-neighborly relations with no preconditions on either side. Now, thanks in large part to Sarkisian's personal commitment and with the support of the United States, the two countries are tantalizingly close to attaining that goal.
August 13, 2009
Are Chechen Factions Headed Toward Unity?
Officials from both the pro-independence Chechen government in exile and the Moscow-backed Chechen administration have announced plans to hold a World Congress of Chechens later this year. Will that gathering contribute to the hoped-for consolidation of the Chechen people? Or is it just intended primarily to enhance the image of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov?
August 10, 2009
Ramzan Kadyrov's Evolving Political Credo
July 25, 2009
Can Chechen Talks Bring Peace To North Caucasus?
Representatives of the Chechen government in exile and the pro-Moscow Chechen Republic have announced that they have started consultations aimed at promoting national reconciliation in Chechnya. Is this process likely to bring an end to the ongoing fighting across the North Caucasus?
July 10, 2009
Minsk Group Hopeful Of 'Breakthrough'
June 22, 2009
Attack Against President Latest In Troubling Trend
A resistance website reported the attack on Ingushetia President Yunusbek Yevkurov two hours after it occurred, but no one has claimed responsibility. However, its timing and the modus operandi suggest it was the work of the North Caucasus resistance.
June 19, 2009
Five Years Later, Repercussions Still Reverberate
The multiple attacks on the Interior Ministry headquarters and other police buildings in Nazran, the capital of Ingushetia, five years ago constituted a significant milestone in the evolution of the Chechen resistance into a pan-Caucasus Islamic movement uniting young Muslims alienated by official corruption and arbitrary police brutality.
June 17, 2009
Death Accelerated Transformation Of Chechen Resistance
The death three years ago today of Chechen Republic Ichkeria (ChRI) President and resistance commander Abdul-Khalim Sadullayev was a milestone in the evolution of what emerged in 1994 as an almost exclusively Chechen fight for independence into a pan-Caucasian, multinational Islamic resistance movement.
May 26, 2009
Does Russia Even Need To Invade Georgia?
Nearly nine months after the war between Russia and Georgia last August, the situation surrounding the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia remains tense. Some observers have warned that fighting in the region could flare up again within the next few months. But would a new war helpRussia achieve its objectives?
May 15, 2009
Is Karabakh Peace Process In Jeopardy?
Does Baku intend to create a pretext for Azerbaijan to backtrack on all or some of the principles agreed on in Prague? That may only become clear when Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian meet again next month in St. Petersburg.
May 14, 2009
Baku's Flower Children
A new and apparently unanticipated challenge has emerged to Azerbaijan's political status quo in the form of peaceful student protests. The catalyst was a bloodbath perpetrated by a young Azeri from Georgia whom the authorities have written off as an unhinged loner.
May 06, 2009
Could Prague Bring Progress On Karabakh?
There would be a most pleasing symmetry in Prague serving as the venue for at least a preliminary agreement on resolving the Karabakh conflict, given that it was in Prague five years ago that the OSCE-mediated talks that yielded the Basic Principles got under way.
April 22, 2009
Chechnya Still Bound To Moscow By Economic Weakness
Despite its seemingly arbitrary decision to call an end to the Chechnya counterterrorism operation, the Kremlin could equally arbitrarily launch a new one, even if it's just to remind Ramzan Kadyrov which side his bread is buttered on.
March 11, 2009
Does U.S. Charter Protect Georgia Against Renewed Conflict With Russia?
Recent media reports in Georgia and the West have fueled speculation that a second round of military conflict between Moscow and Tbilisi could resume as early as the spring. But Georgian officials point to one main reason why this is unlikely: the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership signed early this year.