Published in 2019 in Eurasian Geography and Economics, my colleague Nino Kemoklidze and I investigate the extent to...
The European Union’s South Ossetia Dilemma
The dilemma for the EU is that it has put itself in a position in which it cannot side with the people of South Ossetia who, in their majority, have endorsed a female candidate in a presidential election deemed free and fair.
Two decades of ‘frozen’ conflicts in the post-Soviet space
At the end of 2011, it will be twenty years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union but so-called “frozen conflicts” in Moldova, Georgia, and Azerbaijan stubbornly persist. Why, despite significant international efforts, has no settlement been achieved for these conflicts over the past two decades?
Can the EU do without its Special Representatives?
As so often with international organisations, the problem might be less the availability of resources and expertise, but the political will to deploy them.
The EU as a Conflict Manager? The Case of Georgia and Its Implications
Co-authored with Richard G. Whitman and subsequently published in International Affairs, this article offers an analysis of the EU's engagement in Georgia as a standpoint from which to assess the EU's role as a conflict manager. The paper begins with a brief narrative...
Power Sharing and the Vertical Layering of Authority: A Review of Current Practices
Published in Settling Self-determination Disputes: Complex Power Sharing in Theory and Practice (edited by Marc Weller and Barbara Metzger, Brill, 2008), this chapter analyses state construction in complex power-sharing systems from the perspective of how authority is...