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Breakfast Session under Chatham House Rule

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back – Impact of the War in Ukraine on Caucasus

May 18, 08:15-09:45
Room: Berlin

The South Caucasus is undergoing a geopolitical transformation. The war in Ukraine and the effective resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan have changed the traditional relations of the countries and their main partners. Armenia has sought closer engagement with the EU and joined the ICC, which has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin. At the same time, there are concerns over the Georgian government’s close ties with the Russian government. Where will we go from here? Can there be lasting peace in the South Caucasus?


Rusif Huseynov

Director of Topchubashov Center

Kornely Kakachia

Director of the Georgian Institute of Politics

Benyamin Poghosyan

Senior Research Fellow at the APRI Armenia

Carolina Vendil Pallin

Deputy Research Director of the Swedish Defence Research Agency


Olga Oliker

Director of the Europe and Central Asia Program at the International Crisis Group