29 April, 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) together with the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) organized a workshop ‘Shifting Conflict and Security Dynamics in the Caucasus: The Role of Regional Powers’ bringing together leading regional and international experts to identify recent conflict and security trends in the Caucasus.
Specifically, the workshop participants examined the thinking and policies of leading regional actors toward security and conflict issues in the Caucasus and the main drivers of their engagement. A particular theme of the discussions was the impact on regional stability of the intensification of confrontation between Russia, the Euro-Atlantic community and other regional powers in the Caucasus.
Increasingly, the conflicts of the Caucasus have come to be seen as part of a regional security challenge involving leading international actors (Russia, the US, the EU, Turkey, Iran) with the accompanying risk of regional and proxy warfare appearing in the region. More recently, elements of the Caucasian conflict complex appear to have broken out of the region, to merge with ongoing armed violence in Ukraine and the Middle East. Continue reading