South Caucasus: Leveraging Political Change in a Context of Strategic Volatility

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This will be the 18th Workshop of the PfP Consortium Study Group ‘Regional Stability in the South Caucasus’ which dates back to 2001 but was interrupted from 2005 to 2012, due to political strife. Since 2012, two workshops have been held every year, one in Reichenau and one in Eastern Europe or the Caucasus. The workshops bring together analysts from across the South Caucasus, as well as international scholars who work on the diverse and charged region.

The workshop has two purposes: The first is to analyse the context of recent upheavals in the South Caucasus and to determine connections between events (and non-events). The second objective of the workshop is to identify opportunities for peacebuilding, conflict management, and resolution brought about by the regional political change in the South Caucasus. 2018 has been a year of change in the region, with elections in Armenia and Azerbaijan, peace offerings by Georgia, recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Syria, etc. The conference will enable participants to work out the inter-connectedness between events in the region and to cast them against the backdrop of global power relations.

Each workshop of the PfP Consortium Study Group results in policy recommendations that are distributed among more than 800 decision makers in Europe, the United States, NATO, the EU External Action Service, and OSCE, as well as national and local governmental and nongovernmental institutions. In addition, workshop proceedings are published with a print run of 1000 copies for global distribution in the PfP Study Group Information Series supported by the Austrian National Defence Academy.

This event is organised by the PfP Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes, together with the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, the Austrian National Defence Academy, and the Directorate General for Security Policy at the Austrian Ministry of Defence.

DOC RI has been contributing to the workshops of the PfP Consortium Study Group ‘Regional Stability in the South Caucasus’ since 2017 and is committed to continue its efforts to support the work of the Study Group in the future.

Reichenau an der Rax, Austria

Château Rothschild Reichenau/Rax


Maya Janik, Research Associate


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