South Caucasus analyst at the International Crisis Group
Olesya Vartanyan is Crisis Group’s senior analyst for the South Caucasus region. Based in Tbilisi, she researches regional security issues in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Having worked on conflicts in the South Caucasus for more than ten years, Ms Vartanyan focuses on breakaway regions– Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and South Ossetia. Before joining Crisis Group in 2016, she worked as a journalist and, her field reporting during the 2008 Russia-Georgia war, contributed to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the ground-breaking investigations of The New York Times about the origins of the conflict. In 2013, Ms Vartanyan received the first EU Monitoring Mission’s special prize in Peace Journalism.