The Conflict Potential
of the South Caucasus:
Geopolitical Dimension

The Conflict Potential of the South Caucasus: Geopolitical Dimension

By Gayane Novikova and Sergey Sargsyan

Translated by Ashot Melyan


Contents 7
Introduction 9
Chapter One

The Conflict in South Ossetia: History, Diplomacy and the War

13
Chapter Two

The Abkhazian Conflict: Background, Development, and the Current Stage

45
Chapter Three

Samtskhe-Javakheti/ Javakhk in the Context of the Regional Policy

75
Chapter Four

The Nagorno Karabakh Conflict: Balancing on the Brink of War

99
Chapter Five

The Islamic Factor through the Prism of the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict

139
Chapter Six

The Policy of Non-regional actors in the South Caucasus: the Conflict Potential

161
Conclusion 209
Appendix 1

The Military and Military-technological Cooperation of Russia with Abkhazia and South Ossetia

213
Appendix 2 217
Bibliography 219
About the Authors 235