Neil MacFarlane – Democratization, Nationalism and Regional Security in the Southern Caucasus

This article focuses on political transformation in the South Caucasus and its implications for regional security. It argues that the democratization of the region’s politics in the late Soviet and post-Soviet eras contributed considerably to the deterioration in the region’s security, largely because it provided space for the articulation of national chauvinist ideas, and to some extent fostered an incentive structure in the region conducive to elite manipulation of national myths. Rather than playing a proactive role, democratization served primarily as a permissive condition opening the way for conflict potential to evolve into war.

MacFarlane, S. N. (1997). Democratization, Nationalism and Regional Security in the Southern Caucasus. Government and Opposition32(03), 399-420.

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