Focus on Russia and Eastern Europe Lecture Series
-Abstract: Since 1991, several republics in the Caucasus have aimed at independence. Some of them are contested, such as Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh. The Transcausasian states, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are well connected to the West, though keeping relations with their neighbours as well. A special case is Chechnya, a republic in the Russian Federation that originally aimed at independence, but is now firmly ruled by a seemingly pro-Russian government. What role does the clan society play in Chechen politics? The central theoretical framework for all republics is the right to self-determination and criteria concerning state building.
- Speaker: Dr. Charlotte Hille is Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Transnational Governance at the University of Amsterdam.
Location: Common Room
Convenor: Dr. Maxim Kupovykh