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Security, Democracy and Development

In the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region

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Edited By Ghia Nodia and Christoph H. Stefes

Since the early 1990s, the southern Caucasus and its larger neighbourhood, the Black Sea region, have experienced deep and sometimes painful transformations, including bloody conflicts. They have also become an arena of geopolitical and geoeconomic competition between great powers. This has attracted growing attention from social scientists. In this volume, authors from universities in Europe, the United States and the southern Caucasus focus on several of the most topical problems of the region, particularly how nascent states and societies grapple with the results of unresolved ethno-territorial conflicts and how they try to construct new civil societies from the cultural mosaic that they inherited from their Soviet past. How do elements of democracy and autocracy combine in the political regimes of the new states? Can the West have an effect on their internal development and, if so, how? How do the rich mineral resources of the Caspian region influence the development of the region’s economies and define the geopolitical standing of these countries?
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MAROUSSIA FERRY is a PhD candidate at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociale (EHESS), Paris and a fellow at the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED). She is currently conducting anthropological fieldwork in Georgia and Turkey, investigating how the feminization of migration affects post-Soviet Georgia, with a focus on the Turkish case.

FABIO INDEO holds a PhD in geopolitics. Currently he is external research fellow in geopolitics at the University of Camerino (Italy), visiting research associate at the Center for Energy Governance and Security (EGS) of Hanyang University (South Korea) and lecturer on “Conflicts and energy resources” at the University of Roma Tre, Italy. His research field focuses on the geopolitics of Caucasus and Central Asia: energy security and diversification strategy; geopolitics of pipelines and of energy transport routes; the external influences of Russia, European Union, United States and China; Afghanistan and regional security. In 2013 he published The decline of the Nabucco Project: a geopolitical defeat for the EU, in EGS Global Energy Monitor 1(7), pp. 1–3.

PETER KABACHNIK, PhD, is an associate professor of geography in the Department of Political Science and Global Affairs at the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York (CUNY) and a member of the graduate faculty in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY). He is a political and cultural geographer whose interests lie in the way that people interact with...

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