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An annotated Foreign Affairs syllabus on the Caucasus.
Since the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing were identified as ethnic Chechens, the national conversation about the incident has focused on the connection between the violence and terrorism in Chechnya. Here's why that is the wrong model.
As a referendum on Scotland’s independence looms, the question of the region’s place in the United Kingdom has become the most pressing issue in British politics. Its experience shows how a smart secessionist party can dismantle a functioning country, and how central governments eager to buy off regions can end up making matters worse.
A pernicious mix of heavy-handed rule, corrupt governance, high unemployment, and militant Islam has reignited the Russian North Caucasus. Today, it is not only the old conflict zone of Chechnya but also its neighboring republics that are bordering on open civil war.
King trains his eye on two targets. One is the large, shapeless issues of nationalism, ethnic politics, and social violence and the indirectly related phenomenon of communism's demise in Eastern Europe. The other is the way scholars conceive nationalism and theorize about its consequences.
The recent EU report on the 2008 Russia-Georgia War confirms that both Georgia and Russia acted irresponsibly before and during the war. But it misses an opportunity to outline how the long-running territorial disputes of the Caucasus might be best resolved.
The August war over South Ossetia has rekindled a superpower rivalry and showed the West that Moscow no longer heeds multilateral institutions.
Charles King's postscript to his March/April 2003 essay "Crisis in the Caucasus: A New Look at Russia's Chechen Impasse."
King's postscript to his March/April 2004 essay "A Rose Among Thorns: Georgia Makes Good"
Georgia's recent, peaceful revolutions might allow the country to become a beacon of hope for a troubled region. For that to happen, however, its new leaders must find a way to deal with local secessionists, as well as with Moscow and Washington.
Why is Russia hopelessly mired in Chechnya? A new book skillfully details the history of the conflict, but it also goes astray in its often groundless invective.
Stuart Kaufman tries to explain why so many ethnic conflicts erupted at the end of the Cold War. The only problem is that few of these had anything to do with ethnicity in the first place.