On February 14, 2014, The Jamestown Foundation will hold a conference on Russia and the North Caucasus After the Sochi Olympics in the Root Room at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Mikheil Saakashvili, the former President of the Republic of Georgia. Speakers at the conference will focus their discussion on the impact of the Sochi Olympics on the future of Russia and on the North Caucasus as well as the radicalization of jihadists in the North Caucasus.

Friday, February 14, 2014
9:00 A.M.–1:15 P.M.

Root Conference Room
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

The conference agenda:

AGENDA

Breakfast and Registration
8:30 A.M.–9:00 A.M.

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Welcome
9:00 A.M.

Glen E. Howard
President, The Jamestown Foundation

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Panel One
9:00 A.M. – 10:20 A.M.

“What the Sochi Olympics Says About Russia’s Future”
Paul Goble
Window on Eurasia

“Do Russians Really Want the Northern Caucasus?”
Andrei Piontkovsky
Visiting Fellow, Hudson Institute

“Russia’s Powder Keg: North Caucasus and West Balkans Compared”
Janusz Bugajski
U.S. Foreign Policy Analyst

Q & A

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Coffee Break
10:20A.M. – 10:45 A.M.

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Panel Two
10:45 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

“The Impact of the Sochi Olympics on Russian Policy in the North Caucasus”
Valery Dzutsev
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, The Jamestown Foundation

“The Syrian Factor and the Radicalization of North Caucasus Jihadists”
Mairbek Vatchagaev
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, The Jamestown Foundation
& Editor of Caucasus Survey (London, UK)

“The Sochi 2014 Olympics, the Circassian National Idea & Georgia’s Perspective on the North Caucasus”
Merabi Chukhua
Chairman, Circassian Cultural Institute, Tbilisi Georgia

Q & A

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Keynote Address
12:15 P.M.–1:00 P.M.

“Russia, the Caucasus and the West after Sochi»?
The Honorable Mikheil Saakashvili (confirmed)
Former President of the Republic of Georgia

Q & A

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Closing Remarks
1:15 P.M.

Glen E. Howard
President, The Jamestown Foundation

PARTICIPANT BIOGRAPHIES

Janusz Bugajski

Janusz Bugajski is a foreign policy analyst and author of 18 books on Europe, Russia, and trans-Atlantic relations. His current positions include host of the television show “Bugajski Hour,” broadcast on Albanian Screen in Tirana, and non-resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a contributor to U.S. and European newspapers and journals, and a columnist for media outlets in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Ukraine. His newest book is entitled Conflict Zones: North Caucasus and Western Balkans Compared, The Jamestown Foundation, February 2014.

Merabi Chukhua

Merabi Chukhua is the founding Chairman of the Circassian Cultural Institute in Tbilisi, Georgia and is a noted expert on the Circassians and other peoples of the North Caucasus. He has published numerous books on the nationalities of the region and several widely published monographs. Dr.Chukhua holds a Ph.D. in Philological Sciences, and is Associate Professor at Tbilisi IvaneJavakhishvili State University, Chairman of the ”Circassian (Adyghian) Cultural Center.” His research interests extend to linguistic, ethnic, and cultural issues of the Caucasian peoples, history of the North Caucasus, and problems of atrocities committed against the Circassian andVainakh peoples. He is the author of 5 published monographs and more than 100 articles.

Valery Dzutsev

Valery Dzutsev is doctoral student in political science at Arizona State University and Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Jamestown Foundation, Washington D.C. His research interests extend to ethnic and religious conflict; collective action paradigm; political violence; and evolution of the North Caucasus, Russia and countries in Eurasia. Mr. Dzutsev’s articles have appeared in Nationalities Papers, Post-Soviet Affairs, and Caucasus Survey. Mr. Dzutsev regularly covers events in the North Caucasus for the flagship publication of the Jamestown Foundation, Eurasia Daily Monitor.

Andrei Piontkovsky

Andrei Piontkovsky is a Russian scientist, prominent political writer and analyst. Dr. Piontkovsky is the author of several books on the Putin presidency including Another Look into Putin’s Soul andTretiy Put k Rabstvu (The Third Road to Serfdom). Dr. Piontkovsky holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Systems Studies in Moscow, a Visiting Fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington, member of American Mathematical Society, and a member of the International PEN club.

Mikheil Saakashvili

Mikheil Saakashvili was elected President of Georgia in 2004. At age 37, he was the youngest national president elected in Europe following a bloodless revolution that ousted his predecessor, President Eduard Shevardnadze. Saakashvili served two terms before stepping down in November 2013, in what was the first peaceful transition of power in Georgia.

Saakashvili began his career in Georgian politics in 1995 as an elected member of Parliament. In 2000, he was appointed Minister of Justice of Georgia, where he focused on investigating and exposing government corruption and instituting judicial reforms.

A lawyer by training, Saakashvili graduated with honors from the prestigious Kiev University Institute of International Relations and received his Master of Laws from Columbia University. He studied law at the doctoral level at the George Washington University National Center of Law in Washington, D.C. In 1995, he became the first former Soviet citizen to obtain a diploma in Comparative Law of Human Rights from The International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

Mairbek Vatchagaev

Mr. Vatchagaev is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Jamestown Foundation and Russian editor of the London-based publication Caucasus Survey. He is also a regular contributor to the Jamestown publication Eurasia Daily Monitor where he writes weekly articles about political and security developments in the North Caucasus, including Caucasian militant movements in the Middle East. He has published 56 articles on the history of Chechnya and Sufism in the North-Caucasus, 285 articles related to political science on the North Caucasus and Russia, and five books on the history and religion of Chechnya and the North Caucasus.