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Caucasus Essentials Pt.3 – The Caucasus today: a region still on the cleavage

by Giovanni Zorra* Nowadays the Caucasus is one more time on the cleavage. Not anymore between culture, religions or languages. This time between past and future. Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia have a troubled past which still influences deeply their politics and self-perception of their peoples. Regional and ethnic issues are open wounds which do not stop […]

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Caucasus Essentials Pt.2 – Caucasus in the short Twentieth Century: Dealing with oil, domination and war

by Giovanni Zorra* In the previous part, we tried to resume all those geographical issues which are relevant for a better understanding of the Caucasus. This second contribution approaches the region on the historical side, addressing the focus on three macro-arguments, which can provide an interesting reading key. These three arguments are broad and obviously […]

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Caucasus Essentials pt.1 – An attempt of definition through geography

by Giovanni Zorra* This contribution about the Caucasus is the first of a series. This region is interesting by itself and meaningful for its position in international relations, but often remains in our peripheral view. The attempt of this introduction is to provide some data, inputs, suggestions and finally to compose a sort of handbook, […]