The second issue of Caucasus Survey will be out in April. The issue has a strong focus on conflict and mediation issues in the region, and we are very grateful to the UK Embassy in Georgia for their support. 

Galina Yemelianova provides a wide-ranging overview of Islam, nationalism and the state in the Muslim Caucasus. Mairbek Vatchagaev delves further into historical aspects of the politicisation of Sufism in Chechnya, while Jamal Rakhaev begins a series of articles examining the historical memory of deportation among Karachays and Balkars.

We also publish posthumously one of the last articles written by the great historian of the Caucasus, Moshe Gammer, examining conflict trends in the North Caucasus and Abkhazia/South Ossetia.

Moving to the South Caucasus, historian Stephen Jones provides an engaging account of the economic transition in Georgia in 1918-21, adding considerably to our knowledge about this overlooked era in Georgian history.

Coming back to the present, Thomas Frear takes the study of de facto states to new ground in an examination of the foreign policy options of small unrecognised states.

On 5 May it will be 20 years since the Armenian-Azerbaijani ceasefire brought the Karabakh war to a close. Sabine Freizer considers the experiences of the last two decades and ways forward.

Finally, we publish Larisa Sotieva’s record of her time in South Ossetia in September 2008. This unusual document offers unusual insight into the immediate post-war context of South Ossetia, and the many difficult issues of that time.

Sophie Shihab Bilderling continues her chronology, covering July-December 2013, and we publish reviews of books written or edited by Robert Bruce Ware, Kevork Oskanian, Aydin Balaev and Estelle de la Breteque.