«The South Caucasus: Regional Security and Stability»

On September 29-30, 2003, Center for Strategic Analysis «SPECTRUM» held an International Conference «The South Caucasus: Regional Security and Stability».

Among the participants of the Conference were invited experts from three South Caucasian states and representatives of the leading analytical centers of the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Turkey and USA (List of speakers).

The main topics of discussions were:

Geopolitical situation in the South Caucasus after September 11, 2001;
Interests of the three South Caucasian states;
Interests of the immediate neighbors;
Efficiency of the peace efforts in the South Caucasus;
The South Caucasus: views from outside;
The South Caucasus: aspects of security and stability.
The Conference was attended by officials, representatives of the diplomatic missions and international organizations, accredited in Armenia. The plenary sessions were dedicated to presentation of the views on the situation in the South Caucasus; the outlined problems were then discussed at the round table.

The main sponsor was the NATO Public Diplomacy Department, co-sponsors – the Information Office of the Council of Europe in Armenia and Concern MIKA Limited.

Conference papers «The South Caucasus: Regional Security and Stability» are published by the Center.

List of speakers

Dr. Burcu Gultekin 
Turkey-Caucasus Research Program of the French Institute of Anatolian Studies in Istanbul (IFEA-Istanbul), member of the Turkish- Armenian Business Development Council (TABDC), Turkey 

Dr. Uwe Halbach 
German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany

Dr. Bruce Jackson
Director of Project on Transitional Democracies, the President and Co-Chairman of the US Committee on NATO, USA

Dr. Mehrdad Khonsari
Senior Research Consultant, Centre for Arab & Iranian Studies, UK

Ms. Simone de Manso
NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, NATO HQ, Brussels

Dr. Gayane Novikova
Director, Center for Strategic Analysis “SPECTRUM”

Amb. Rouben Shugarian
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia

Dr. Sergey Solodovnik 
Institute of International Relations, Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, Russia

Mr. Shota Utiashvili
Senior Analyst, Center for Foreign Policy Research and Analysis, Georgia

Amb. Dr. Ashot Voskanian
Head, Policy Planning Department, MFA

Dr. Arif Yunusov
Institute for Peace and Democracy, Azerbaijan


List of moderators

Mr. Matthieu Goodstein
Military and Security Affairs, OSCE office in Armenia

Dr. Uwe Halbach
German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany

Dr. Alexander Iskandarian
Pro-Rector, Caucasus Media Institute, Armenia

Mr. Ashot Melyan
Center for Strategic Analysis «SPECTRUM»

Prof. Rouben Safrastian
Center for Strategic Analysis «SPECTRUM»
Head, Department of Turkish Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, National Academy of Armenia