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Intra-and Inter-Societal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunities to Respond

Objective

ISSICEU analyses sources of stability and instability in the Caucasus regarding political regimes, civic participation, economic interdependencies and neighbourhood influences. We evaluate the implications for military, political, economic and societal security.

We deliver three relevant products for EU policy formulation: We analyse and map emerging conflicts of local, regional and international dimensions and highlight crucial actors and mechanisms. We elaborate on scenarios concerning potential future security developments. We give concise policy recommendations on opportunities for the EU to influence conflict solution and long-term stability in the Caucasus societies and the whole region.

ISSICEU disseminates the findings as follows: policy briefs; expert workshops in relevant EU agencies and for stakeholders in EU countries and the Caucasus; a scenario-workshop at the final stage.

ISSICEU explores intra-societal frictions and their regional impact in the political regimes focussing mainly on dynamics of communal governance; the interplay of religious and state actors and practices of civic participation. We analyse inter-societal sources of (in)stability regarding economic dependencies; political and societal relations between the Caucasus and neighbourhood states.

ISSICEU makes comparative analyses across sub-regions and studies aspects of inter-societal relations. We consider the historical and contemporary ties among the societies. We study the Caucasus in its diversity and cohesiveness. Cases are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia and Chechnya. In the neighbourhood we focus on Turkey and Iran.

ISSICEU takes theory-informed, interdisciplinary and strongly inductive approaches, able to adequately identify phenomena as they manifest themselves in the region and to give innovative policy recommendations.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET ST. GALLEN

Address

Dufourstrasse 50
9000 St Gallen

Switzerland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 340 956,55

Administrative Contact

Dirk Lehmkuhl (Prof.)

Participants (8)

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UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 101 198,45

STIFTUNG WISSENSCHAFT UND POLITIK

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 308 358,40

TURKIYE EKONOMI POLITIKALARI ARASTIRMA VAKFI

Turkey

KHAZAR UNIVERSITY

Azerbaijan

EU Contribution

€ 104 029,40

GEOWEL RESEARCH

Georgia

EU Contribution

€ 221 015,55

KABARDINO-BALKARIAN STATE UNIVERSITY NAMED AFTER KH M BERBEKOV

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 193 608,75

STATE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION OF HIGHER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION RUSSIANSTATE UNIVERSITY FOR THE HUMANITIES

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 135 708,80

ANKARA POLITIKAR MERKEZI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 169 082

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613004

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 165 173,85

  • EU contribution

    € 1 573 957,90

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET ST. GALLEN

Switzerland