Pay Attention to the South Caucasus: Reflections on the Last Ten Years
In 2002, CSIS published an article by three former US Ambassadors — Harry Gilmore (Armenia), Rich Kauzlarich (Azerbaijan) and Kenneth Yalowitz (Georgia) — entitled Pay Attention to the South Caucasus. Over ten years later, Ambassadors Kauzlarich and Yalowitz, together with Ambassador John Evans, will meet at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy to discuss how developments in the region and globally have affected these three countries. In addition they will assess the recent electoral cycle that has taken place in each country in 2013. Finally they will examine whether 10 years on the so-called frozen conflicts (South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Nagorno Karabakh) are any closer to resolution.
Is there a similar Caucasus attention-deficit challenge facing the US and the West in 2013? Join the conversation about this intriguing region.
John M. Evans, a career Foreign Service Officer who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia from 2004 to 2006, stirred controversy in February 2005 by publicly dissenting from the policy of the Bush Administration on the 90-year-old issue of the Armenian Genocide. A native of Williamsburg, VA, educated at Yale and Columbia, Evans served in Tehran, Prague, Moscow, Brussels (NATO), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, St. Petersburg and Washington, reaching the rank of Minister-Counselor. Now retired, he lives in Washington.
Richard Kauzlarich served as U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997-99 and to Azerbaijan in 1994-97. He has since served as Director of the Special Initiative on the Muslim World at the United States Institute of Peace., and National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council (NIC) from September 2003 to April 2011. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy.
Kenneth Yalowitz served twice as a U.S. ambassador: to the Republic of Belarus from 1994-1997; and to Georgia from 1998-2001. In 1984, he received a superior honor award for crisis management in the shootdown of KAL-007. He was chosen for the Ambassador Robert Frasure award for peacemaking and conflict prevention in 2000 for his work to prevent the spillover of the Chechen war into Georgia.
Friday, November 15th, 2013, 12:00-1:30pm
George Mason University Arlington Campus
Founders Hall, Room 111
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201 (Virginia Square Metro Stop)
Attendees are welcome to bring lunch
To RSVP, Please contact Stu Mackenzie at email@example.com / 703-993-9757
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