Taking Stock of Change: South Caucasus After Turbulent Year
The South Caucasus experienced a tumultuous 2020. The global COVID-19 pandemic and renewed hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh have
reshaped the region. As the South Caucasus countries struggle to cope with the consequences of the pandemic, questions arise whether institutional responses to challenges are sufficient, and the limits on various freedoms that were introduced to curb the spread of the virus are being manipulated for politics.
The 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War has fundamentally altered the political geographies of the South Caucasus. As the West and international organizations were largely absent during the conflict, the traditional regional powers, Russia and Turkey, emerged as powerbrokers.
While the war is often discussed through the lens of greater geopolitical realignments, researchers need to address what it means to individuals and communities who are often omitted from such analyses.
The two-day virtual conference that will be held on June 25-26, 2021, seeks to answer these questions. Four thematic panels will unpack questions posed in this year’s conference theme. The Seventh Annual CRRC Conference will feature three keynote addresses, from Professor Jennifer McCoy (Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University), Dr. Laurence Broers (Conciliation Resources),
and Dr. Gevorg Yeghikyan (ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all scheduled events will take place virtually. Panel presentations, roundtables and keynote speeches will be broadcasted via CRRCs’ Facebook and Youtube pages. Audience members will be able to pose questions to presenters via feedback forms. Those who wish to participate in discussions must RSVP via this form. Detailed information about the conference program and an abstract book are included in the attached document.
The Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) is a network of research and research support centers in the capital cities of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Established in 2003, CRRC’s goal is to strengthen social science research and public policy analysis in the South Caucasus. Over the past seventeen years, CRRC offices have become a nexus of activity for the social science community in the South Caucasus by providing open access to data, scholarly literature, and professional training for social science researchers.
For more information about CRRC and the upcoming conference, please visit the respective country websites at crrc.am, crrc.az and crrc.ge.
About Caucasus Barometer
The Caucasus Barometer is a bi-annual nationwide household survey conducted by CRRC offices in the South Caucasus. Since 2004, CRRC has interviewed around 45,000 residents of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia on socio-economic issues, values, beliefs, and political attitudes. Since 2015, Caucasus Barometer has been administered in Armenia and Georgia. To find more about the survey and access the dataset, please visit caucasusbarometer.org