Latest Articles about The Caucasus

AUSHEV AND OTHERS WARN OF POSSIBLE OSSETIAN-INGUSH CONFLICT

Leading politicians and other observers have issued fresh warnings that tensions between Ossetians and Ingush, exacerbated by the September 1 school siege in Beslan, could soon explode into violence. Ingushetia's former president, Ruslan Aushev, whose early mediation efforts with the Beslan hostage-takers, who reportedly included... MORE

ABKHAZIA’S PRESIDENTIAL RACE ENTERS FINAL LAP

On October 3, voters in Abkhazia will choose a successor to their ailing president. Vladislav Ardzinba led the region in its fight for independence from Georgia in 1992 and 1993 before becoming president of the self-declared republic in 1994. The new president of Abkhazia will... MORE

COMMENTARY: CLEAN BREAK OVERDUE IN SOUTH OSSETIA

Georgia has proposed an OSCE-hosted international conference that would institute genuine peacekeeping and negotiating mechanisms regarding South Ossetia. The process, once launched, would ultimately work out a definitive political solution to the South Ossetia conflict. OSCE's Chairman-in-Office, Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Solomon Passy, has... MORE

GEORGIAN PARLIAMENT AND MEDIA DEBATE CONTROVERSIAL BILLS

Georgia's draft media law is rapidly becoming a major embarrassment for the Saakashvili government. Ironically, the new legislation, if adopted, would make life much harder for the Georgian media, which was a key player during the Rose Revolution of November 2003. Georgia's new tax code,... MORE

GEORGIAN PARLIAMENT DEBATES RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA

On September 16, Georgian television broadcast live parliamentary debates on recent events in South Ossetia and how they fit into the broader context of Georgian-Russian relations. The pointed debate suggested that Georgia's political opposition has awakened from its long hibernation following the November 2003 Rose... MORE

FAILED STATE NO MORE: GEORGIA’S PRESIDENT ADDRESSES JAMESTOWN EVENT

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili addressed an audience of prominent businessmen and other distinguished Americans and Europeans at a special event hosted for him by the Jamestown Foundation in New York on September 20. Saakashvili spoke on Georgia's state consolidation, its security problems, and its Euro-Atlantic... MORE

North Ossetian Police Charged With Negligence

Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Kolesnikov announced on September 21 that criminal cases have been launched against three senior police officials in Beslan, North Ossetia, for negligence entailing grave consequences in connection with the school hostage seizure that began on September 1 and ended with deaths... MORE

Tbilisi Sends Interior Troops To Prove Pankisi Is Terrorist Free

The fallout continues over the recent public statement by Richard Miles, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, about the presence of terrorist groups in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge (see EDM, September 16). On September 21, Georgian Interior Ministry forces, in cooperation with the Security Ministry, inspected the Pankisi... MORE

Ossetians Blame Ingush And Authorities For Beslan

The tragedy in Beslan left local Ossetians with the question, "Who is to blame?" After terrorists seized the school, the first reaction from Beslan's residents was to take revenge on their neighbors -- the Ingush. Official statements that the hostage-takers came from Ingushetia immediately lit... MORE

U.s. Officials Give Conflicting Assessments Of Pankisi Effort

The U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, Richard Miles, has weighed in on Russian media and official allegations that Georgia is harboring terrorists and thus is a possible target for preemptive strikes. Miles surprised the Georgian political establishment and reporters with critical remarks about the Georgian government's... MORE