South Caucasus at a Crossroad: Thorny Realities and Great Expectations

In June 2013 the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation celebrated 10 years since its establishment in the region. On June 5-6, 2013 the Foundation dedicated the international conference “South Caucasus at a Crossroad: 10 years of the Heinrich Boell Foundation in the Region” to its jubilee. Politicians, analysts and civil society activists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the United States of America and the European Union took part in the event. The conference was aimed at assessing the complex political, social and cultural developments that took place in the three South Caucasus nations during the previous decade. Exactly in a year after the Foundation’s 10th anniversary, owe to generous engagement and kind assistance of its friend and supporter Ms. Salome Asatiani, processing of the Conference materials successfully resulted in the bilingual (Georgian and English) publication “South Caucasus at a Crossroad: Thorny Realities and Great Expectations”.

The book consists of four main sections. The first part, entitled “The West and the Region: Views from Outside and Within “provides in-depth, realistic and matter-of-fact perspectives on the complex interrelations between the EU and USA, on the one hand, and Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan on the other. After the overview of the intricate interrelations between the West and the region, the book devotes separate sections to internal situations in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan – from a political perspective, as well as from the point of view of post-Soviet modernization, the state of civil society and urban development.

The “South Caucasus at a Crossroad: Thorny Realities and Great Expectations” will be disseminated throughout the South Caucasus region and wider Europe and its presentations accompanied by discussions will be organized in the capitals of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

South Caucasus at a Crossroad: Thorny Realities and Great Expectations (2014). Tbilisi, Heinrich Boell Foundation.

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