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Russia's Caucasus Wars: The Wrecks of Empire and the Wars of Decolonization

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The North and South Caucasus (or Transcaucasus) are among the most volatile places in the world today. The potential for conflict among or between its states and non-state terrorist movements is high, with conflicts either occurring or frozen. Russia, although by no means the only factor behind these conflicts, is clearly one of the governments most responsible for the current state of unrest that characterizes these two regions. This article examines Russia's current dispositions and strategies in regard to the conflicts in these regions and the high stakes for which Moscow is playing here even though it is clearly incapable of imposing a legitimate and enduring regional security order throughout the North and South Caucasus.

Keywords: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Nagorno-Karabakh; North Caucasus; Russia; South Caucasus (or Transcaucasus)

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2012

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