This conference, organized by Alex Cooley and Lincoln Mitchell, featured three excellent panel discussions, all of which were video taped and are now available on Columbia University’s YouTube channel. For Panel 1 click here. I recommend this for those seeking to get a broad spectrum of perspectives and views on these dynamic conflict regions; despite their differences all conference participants were united in rejecting the journalistic frame of ‘frozen conflicts’ to describe the spectrum of divided spaces from Moldova to Georgia to Armenia/Azerbaijan. There were also some timely remarks on the unfolding electoral drama in South Ossetia, particularly by Sergey Markedonov. If you can only watch one thing I’d recommend Tom De Waal’s remarks — Panel 3 after lunch — which reflect his accumulated experience and analysis of these regions over the last 20 years.
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