Cheterian to Lecture on ‘Caucasus Conflicts’ at Columbia

NEW YORK—On Thurs., Oct. 14, Dr. Vicken Cheterian will give a lecture titled “Little Wars and a Great Game: Caucasus Conflicts and Desperate Search for Peace,” sponsored by the Columbia University Armenian Studies Program, the Armenian Center at Columbia University, the Middle East Institute, the North American Association for Armenian Studies and Research, and the Armenian
Club at Columbia University.

At the moment of the Soviet collapse, the Caucasus emerged as a major battlefield. Two decades later the region continues to suffer from violent clashes. As recent events in Chechnya, Daghestan, Ingushetia, and Karabagh reveal, a new wall of separation makes communication between Georgia on the one hand, and Abkhazia and South Ossetia on the other difficult, let alone a common language to end the conflict. This lecture will trace the sources of the Caucasus conflicts and their trajectory, the role of great powers, and the difficulties in finding peaceful resolution.

Vicken Cheterian is a Geneva-based researcher, working at CIMERA. He has worked as a correspondent in the Middle East and, later, in the Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia, and Ukraine, reporting for leading European papers. His research interests include security, conflicts, peace-building, nationalism, transition, democratization, and the environment. He is the founder of the Caucasus Media Institute in Yerevan, which he directed from 2002-05. He holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute, Geneva. His latest book, War and Peace in the Caucasus: Ethnic Conflict and the New Geopolitics, was published by Columbia University Press (2009).

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email Nanor Kebranian at lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. In the Lindsay Rogers Common Room, International Affairs Building (Room 707), at Columbia University, 420 West 118th St. in New York.

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