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Caucasus Studies

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Caucasus Studies at Malmö University is a study area, an interdisciplinary field of research and education. The staff consists of multidisciplinary researchers with solid knowledge of the Caucasus region – its languages, religions and ethnic groups, its historic development, complex political situation and many unresolved conflicts.

The Caucasus region

The Caucasus region is located at a crossroad between Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Historically, the region has been dominated by different empires, including the Ottoman Empire, Persia, the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Ethnically, the Caucasus is one of the most complex regions of the world. More than 50 languages, including Turkic, Iranian, Slavic and indigenous tongues, are spoken in the region. The Caucasus is also a meeting place for different Islamic, Christian and pre-Christian religious traditions.

Growing need for specialist knowledge on the Caucasus

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the Caucasus region has obtained a new strategic significance. Regional powers compete for political influence in the region and for control over its strategically important energy resources. New external actors, notably the USA and the EU, seek to obtain influence in the region.The newly independent states in Post-Soviet Caucasus are fragile states, characterised by unresolved violent conflicts, high numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons, high unemployment and weak democratic institutions. Despite these problems, the societies are involved in reform programmes and foreign presence and investment is increasing.

Several of the conflicts in the region are highly internationalised. Many international organisations and actors are engaged in the region, such as the UN, EU, Council of Europe, OSCE, Swedish International Development Agency(Sida), USAID, and the World Bank. NGOs and International companies are increasing their presence in the Caucasus region.

Russian and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR)

This research platform is an intellectual hub for scholars at the Faculty of Culture and Society building on an established and well-recognised Area Studies tradition that attracts a wide array of researchers and students both locally and internationally. RUCARR has its research focus on political, social, cultural, economic and other relations of significance within and between Russia and the Caucasus on the one hand, and with neighbouring states on the other. Areas of expertise include, but are not restricted to: political, social and cultural dynamics and history; nationalism; ethnic and national identity; security issues; civil society development; authoritarianism; and post-authoritarian transition and transformations. 

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