Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

The South Caucasus: Relationships with Great and Regional Powers

10 September 2010 - 10:00 to 11:30

Chatham House, London


Hans Gutbrod, Caucasus Research Resource Centres



This talk will highlight the complex relationship that the countries of the South Caucasus have to great and regional powers, with a special emphasis on Russia, the United States and European countries.

Drawing on extensive public opinion research over the last few years, Hans Gutbrod will say that Armenians, Azerbaijanis and Georgians have developed nuanced attitudes towards their neighbours and other powers, mirroring the course of their governments in many respects, but not all. The data suggests that Europe continues to exert the greatest appeal, even if this has limited impact on foreign policy orientation. Russia struggles to exert soft power, as trends also show that Russian will increasingly be displaced as the lingua franca of the region, although it retains popularity in Armenia. Attitudes towards the United States vary strongly, with Azerbaijanis absorbing critical attitudes through the Turkish media. The region, often treated as a whole, thus continues to show diverse patterns of preference, and soft power will play a significant role in shaping its future development.

Attendance is by invitation only.

For more information please contact Alex Nice.