Latest Articles about The Caucasus

RUSSIA TURNS UP THE PRESSURE ON ABKHAZIA

The aftermath of the October 3 presidential election in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia has finally unmasked Moscow's policy towards Abkhazia. Ironically, Russia has presented itself as a player -- if not instigator -- of the current unrest in Abkhazia. On November 3, the two... MORE

NATO LEADER VISITS THE SOUTH CAUCASUS

On November 3-5, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer visited, for the first time in this capacity, the three South Caucasus countries. He conferred with the head of state, the defense minister, military leadership, and other top officials in each of the three capitals. The... MORE

NEW DEVELOPMENTS ROCK SOUTH OSSETIA AND ABKHAZIA

The Georgian government faces new problems in its two breakaway provinces. Nightly shoot-outs have resumed in South Ossetia, while Abkhazia still has no clear winner in its October 3 presidential election. Although no casualties have been reported in South Ossetia, recent developments very much resemble... MORE

CORRUPTION COMPROMISES GEORGIAN ARMED FORCES

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's call to make building a strong army a top priority may have fallen on deaf ears. Not only are the Georgian armed forces not reforming, but also there are indications that military personnel are selling their weapons. During an October 21... MORE

STILL NO WINNER IN ABKHAZ PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

"Dangerous uncertainty" describes the current situation in Abkhazia, while the breakaway region awaits the announcement of a winner in its controversial October 3 presidential election. The pro-government and Moscow-backed candidate, Raul Khajimba, and the main opposition candidate, Sergei Bagapsh, have both claimed victory. Both have... MORE

GEORGIAN MEDIA MOGUL FORCED OUT OF BUSINESS

Predictions that Georgia might replicate the Russian practice of taming disobedient media owners appear to have come true. The voluntary renunciation by Georgian media mogul Erosi Kitsmarishvili of his lucrative media business has rekindled the thorny question about how Saakashvili's government treats the private media... MORE

GEORGIA CHALLENGES THE KREMLIN’S WORLDVIEW

The October 3 presidential election in Abkhazia has produced a far greater reaction in the Russian media than the scale of Russia's involvement in this Georgian separatist region or indeed the importance of the choices in these elections should merit (Kommersant, October 7, 8; Nezavisimaya... MORE