New Publication on Abkhazia and Georgian IDPs

The current edition of Eurasian Geography and Economics Vol LII, No. 5 (September-October) features a Symposium on Conflict in the Caucasus comprising three research articles. I have written one of these together with Magdalena Frichova Grono, a former Research Associate at Conciliation Resources (CR). We conceived the paper  after Magdalena presented the results of the CR survey of Georgian IDPs — conducted by CRRC — in Washington DC at a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace event organized by Tom De Waal. Since we both had results from two separate yet near simultaneous surveys in 2010, our idea was to contrast the attitudes of displaced Georgian Abkhazians to current Abkhazian residents (as revealed in the De Facto State survey of March 2010), with particular emphasis on the question of displacement and return. No publication had ever done this in the Georgian context. The subsequent article, which we wrote in a burst of activity this Fall, was titled by the journal: After Ethnic Violence in the Caucasus: Attitudes of Local Abkhazians and Displaced Georgians in 2010 (655-678). It is available on the journal’s web site to libraries with subscriptions to Bellweather Publishing’s journals. A big thanks to all involved at the journal in helping get this publication out so quickly. Due to the generosity of the publisher I have some extra copies of the journal and will distribute these to those with special interest in violence and instability in the Caucasus.

About Dr Gerard Toal

Irish born academic living in Washington DC researching geopolitical competition and territorial conflicts in post-Communist Europe. Author of CRITICAL GEOPOLITICS (1996), BOSNIA REMADE (w C Dahlman) and NEAR ABROAD: PUTIN, THE WEST AND THE CONTEST OVER UKRAINE AND THE CAUCASUS (Oxford University Press, 2017).
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