Caucasus Analytical Digest (CAD)
Caucasus Analytical Digest (CAD) analyzes the political, economic, and social
situation in the three South Caucasus states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and
Georgia, and assesses the implications for the regional and wider international
context. The series is produced by the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH
Zurich, the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University
of Bremen, the Institute
for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the George Washington
University, and the German
Association for East European Studies (DGO). The CAD is supported by a
grant from the Academic Swiss Caucasus Net
(ASCN). The CAD is edited by Denis Dafflon, Lili Di Puppo, Iris Kempe, Natia
Mestvirishvili, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perović, and Heiko
The monthly CAD is published in English and as an e-publication. Please subscribe to the distribution list to receive new editions via e-mail.
No. 67-68: The South Caucasus and the Ukraine Crisis
This issue of the Caucasus Analytical Digest examines the implications of the Ukrainian crisis for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, and also describes the nature of Russia’s relationships with each of these three South Caucasian states. Giving its traditionally friendly relations with Ukraine, Tbilisi and many Georgians see the struggle for Ukrainian sovereignty as an analogue of their own fate. While Azerbaijan’s elite and population support Kiev in its demand for territorial integrity, Baku also seeks to maintain good relations with Russia and the West, not least in order to gain their support in resolving the issue of Nagorno Karabakh in favor of Azerbaijan. The Ukrainian crisis has implications for Armenia as well, which are namely related to resolving Nagorno Karabakh, concerns about the ethnic Armenian population residing in Ukraine, as well as worries about negative effects of Western sanctions against Russia for Armenia’s economy.
No. 66: Sites of Memory
This issue of the Caucasus Analytical Digest discusses Sites of Memory in the South Caucasus. Dustin Gilbreath, using the results of a MYPLACE survey, argues that under the governance of the United National Movement (UNM) sites of memory in the Georgian town of Telavi were transformed in their function through rehabilitation programs.
Sites took on new functions as sites of reminder of the Rose Revolutionary government. Decisions made in the aftermath of the 2012 parliamentary elections about rehabilitation programs, in turn, have again complicated the meaning and memories associated with sites of memory, concluding that present and future political regimes will continue to attempt to produce effects and affects through the use of the past, as well as through the projection of visions into the future. Tamta Khalvashi examines the social role of photographic images in relation to the rapidly changing urban space of Batumi, Adjara, arguing that although photographic images selectively freeze certain moments of the past and render them stable, they simultaneously highlight the ambiguous aspects of the present and capture the socially marginal positions of their authors and analyzing how this tension plays out among a middle-aged and elderly generation of Soviet photographers in Batumi who, by capturing the past through their photographs, try to position themselves in an uncertain present and imagine their future(s). Leyla Sayfutdinova examines the evolution of Baku’s Alley of Martyrs, tracing how, as different authorities came to power over the course of the last one hundred years, they have transformed the site to serve a variety of purposes.
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