Regional Stability in the South Caucasus

FactsheetRegional Security in the South Caucasus Study Group Factsheet

The PfPC's Regional Stability in the South Caucasus Study Group actively seeks to foster stability in the region, as well as international security, through facilitating conflict resolution dialogue among diverse parties. The activities of the group serve to advise broader conflict resolution activities, such as the Geneva Talks. The group pursues its goals by focusing on the following areas:

  • Ensuring multinational participation, building on experts from all dimensions of the security-political spectrum of the three core countries Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia: This is paralleled by bringing in experts on international security and regional stability issues from the main partner countries and institutions to the region, namely the European Union (Member States), the Russian Federation, Turkey, the United States, as well as NATO, the OSCE and the UN.
  • Building a constructive network of academic and policy-making influence: This includes involving civil society, international security organizations,  think-tanks and defense institutions in the group's work.
  • Encouraging an alteration of the conflicting narrative in the region in order to progress conflict negotiation.

  • PfPC-CTWG TTX Final Report (Macedonia, Nov. 2017)

    More than 100 senior counterterrorism professionals from government, military, law enforcement, intelligence, international organizations, civil society, academia, and the private sector met to address Foreign Terrorist Fighter (FTF) phenomena in the Western Balkans. The Republic of Macedonia in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United States Embassy in Macedonia hosted the Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) event. Conference participants included Macedonia’s new National CT/CVE Committee including the national CT/CVE coordinator, as well as the CVE national coordinators from Albania and Kosovo, providing the foundation for increased regional collaboration on difficult challenges, including FTF and prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration issues. Keynote speeches were delivered by senior Macedonia government officials, as well as from senior members of diplomatic and counterterrorism (CT), including countering violent extremism (CVE), bodies. The keynote speakers H.E. Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, H.E. Jess Baily, U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, H.E. Nina Suomalainen, Head of the OSCE Mission to Skopje, Mr. Borche Petrevski, National CT/CVE Coordinator, Republic of Macedonia, and Mr. Richard Prosen, U.S. Department of State and CTWG Co-Chair addressed relevant CT/CVE issues within the context of evolving FTF threats and challenges. The conference showcased a multi-stakeholder tabletop exercise (TTX). The TTX engaged participants in an interactive scenario on emerging security challenges to a fictitious country, which facilitated discussions to cultivate Macedonian and regional policy and programmatic recommendations related to FTF travel, relocation, and return.

    Written on Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00
  • From Self-defence to Regional Disarmament: Reducing tensions and stabilising the South Caucasus - Study Notes
    These study group notes are a compilation of the presentations and discussions of the 9th RSSC SG workshop, held from 20-22 March 2014, in Istanbul, aimed at discussing the concept of security as seen from the demilitarization or disarmament point of view, juxtaposed against the South Caucasus countries’ socio-economic policies. In short, this workshop aimed at discussing not the balance of power between the actors, but the balance of spending between guns and butter. The events in Ukraine had a stark warning for the South Caucasus; failure to address pressing socioeconomic issues could haunt the regimes in place.
    Written on Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
  • What Kind of Sovereignty? Examining Alternative Governance Methods in the South Caucasus - Study Notes
    These study group notes are a compilation of the presentations and discussions of the 8th Regional Stability in the South Caucasus Study Group workshop. The workshop was designed to test the boundaries of conflict resolution. Under the title “What Kind of Sovereignty? Examining Alternative Models of Governance in the South Caucasus”, it aimed at exploring the definition of terms and concepts surrounding governance, and to determine whether their application cannot be allocated among conflicting actors, or better yet, put in common.
    Written on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00
  • Building Confidence in the South Caucasus: Strengthening the EU’s and NATO’s Soft Security Initiatives - Study Notes
    This is a compilation of the presentations and discussions of the seventh workshop of the Regional Stability in the South Caucasus (RSSC) Study Group, that convened from 14 to 16 March 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Under the overarching title of “Building Confidence in the South Caucasus: Strengthening the EU's and NATO's Soft Security Initiatives” it explored initiatives that aimed to build confidence in the South Caucasus, via the activities of the civil society, the EU and NATO.
    Written on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:00
  • De-conflicting Protracted Conflicts in the South Caucasus: The Role of the EU and NATO - Study Notes
    These study notes were produced by the Regional Security in the South Caucasus Study Group, which held its 6th workshop at Reichenau, Austria, from November 8-11 2012. The format of the workshop was based on the successful Regional Stability in South East Europe Study Group, and its thematic concept aims at gradually bringing parties from the region to discuss and form policy recommendations on security issues and conflict resolution ideas starting from a high-level strategic outlook towards resolving particular issues of tension.
    Written on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 00:00