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PUBL.- Caucasus Analytical Digest, No. 1: Georgian-Russian War, Dec. 17, 2008

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PUBL.- Caucasus Analytical Digest, No. 1: Georgian-Russian War, Dec. 17, 2008

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No.1 Caucasus Analytical Digest: Perspectives on the Georgian-Russian War
17 December 2008

The first issue of the Caucasus Analytical Digest analyzes the
regional developments in the aftermath of the Georgian-Russian war.
Specifically, it considers European policy toward the Southern
Caucasus after the Georgia crisis and presents opinions on the
Georgian-Russian war from Armenia and Azerbaijan. Additionally, the
issue provides results of a Georgian popular opinion poll concerning
foreign aid.

(c) 2008 Center for Security Studies (CSS), Heinrich Böll Foundation,
Jefferson Institute, Forschungsstelle Osteuropa (FSOE)

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Introduction from the Editors

Announcing the New Caucasus Analytical Digest In August 2008 the
Southern Caucasus, and Georgia in particular, was in the center of
international attention. The war between Russia and Georgia became a
test not only for the state of transition in Georgia, but also for the
capacity of the Western capitals, European Union and NATO to act.
While the fighting made daily headlines in the leading international
newspapers, it highlighted severe media problems in Russia and
Georgia. Both sides failed to provide objective information and
analysis while using the reporting as an instrument of escalation.

Today there is an imbalance between the growing interest in the region
and concise explanations of what is going on there. Accordingly, the
Caucasus Analytical Digest, the first edition of which you are
reading, seeks to make sense of what is happening in the Southern Caucasus.

One of the strategic requirements of analyzing the Southern Caucasus
is the need for inclusiveness, for perspectives from Armenia,
Azerbaijan and Georgia, but also from Nagorno Karabakh, South Ossetia
and Abkhazia, as subjects for analysis. To underline the intention of
thinking in terms of inclusiveness, but without specific political
preference, the map on the front page shows the official borders with
solid lines and the others with broken lines.

As a consequence of the recent war, international actors and experts
are faced with new analytical challenges that go far beyond the
regional, but are nevertheless driven by pressure from the Southern
Caucasus. By the choice of topics and authors the Caucasus Analytical
Digest is dedicated to both analytical and policy discourses. The
editorial team includes experts from the Research Centre for East
European Studies at the University of Bremen, the Center for Security
Studies at ETH Zurich, the Jefferson Institute and the Heinrich Boell
Foundation. As a local actor with an international perspective, the
Boell Foundation particularly strives to give experts from the region,
especially younger analysts, access to a broader Western public. This
not only exposes a wider audience to thinkers from the region, it also
contributes to strengthening democratic transformation and European
integration of the Southern Caucasus.

The Editors (Iris Kempe, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim
Perovic, and Lili Di Puppo)

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