Latest Articles about The Caucasus

ARMENIANS PUZZLED BY U.S. OFFICIAL’S GENOCIDE RECOGNITION

A senior U.S. diplomat has caused a stir in America's relations with Turkey and Armenia by publicly declaring that the 1915-1918 killings of some 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire was "the first genocide of the 20th century." The statements by Washington's ambassador in... MORE

NEW REMAINS DISCOVERED IN BESLAN: INCOMPETENCE OR CRIME?

On February 25, residents of Beslan, North Ossetia, found clothing and physical remains of several child hostages killed during the rescue operation on September 3, 2004. Jeremy Page, a reporter for the London Times, was with the residents when they made the discovery. In his... MORE

COMPETING THEORIES ABOUT ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION IN ABKHAZIA

Alexander Ankvab, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Republic of Abkhazia in Georgia, narrowly escaped death late on February 28 when still-unidentified assailants shot at his motorcade. Ankvab and his entourage were heading from the capital, Sukhumi, north toward Gudauta. The gunmen were waiting to ambush... MORE

BESLAN MOTHERS TRUST PUTIN, DEMAND DZASOKHOV’S HEAD

On February 17, the "Mothers of Beslan," a group of women who lost their children in the hostage crisis in Beslan last September, petitioned Russian President Vladimir Putin to dismiss the president of North Ossetia, Alexander Dzasokhov. The Beslan families told journalists that they had... MORE

NEW SURVEY IN AZERBAIJAN SHOWS RISING INFLUENCE OF ISLAM

While local and international analysts continue to debate the pluses and minuses of Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliev's January trip to Iran, the non-governmental research organization Far Center, based in Baku has released the results of its recent survey on religious freedom in the country. The... MORE

LITTLE TO SHOW FROM FIRST YEAR OF GEORGIAN ARMY REFORM

Last week two events highlighted the unstable situation in the Georgian armed forces. The army's supreme command shuffled its top personnel yet again and "Justice and Freedom," a military watchdog group, released a report criticizing the government's performance in the field of defense from January... MORE