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Security and insecurity in the South Caucasus

16 May 2003

The objective of this first task force was to set the stage of security/insecurity questions arising in the region and discuss the nature of the EU's political profile.

Nicole Gnesotto (EU Institute for Security Studies, Paris)

Session I : Overview of Insecurity in the Caucasus
(Conflicts – Political Instability – External Pressures)
Nicole Gnesotto (EU Institute for Security Studies, Paris)
Bruno Coppieters (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Mustafa Aydin (University of Ankara)
Svante Cornell (Uppsala University & John Hopkins University)

Session II : International Organisations and Great Powers
(Roles – Policies – Prospects)
Roy Allison (The Royal Institute of International Affairs, London)
Domitilla Sagramoso (Centre for Defence Studies, London)
Pavel Baev (International Peace Research Institute, Oslo)
Brenda Shaffer (Caspian Studies Program, J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Boston)

Session III: The Response of the South Caucasian States
(Policy Evolution – Areas of Success – Enduring Difficulties)
Uwe Halbach (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin)
David Darchiashvili (The Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, Tbilisi)
Arman Grigorian (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, Boston)
Arif Yunusov (Institute of Peace and Democracy, Baku)

Session IV: Prospects for the Future
(Energy Resources – Leadership Succession)
Dov Lynch (EU Institute for Security Studies, Paris)
John Roberts (Methinks Ltd., London)
Michael Swann (General Secretariat of the EU Council, Brussels)
Vassilios Zafiropoulos (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Athens)

Session V: Summing up