Working Paper #38 available
Javakheti is situated in the South-East of Georgia, and is densely inhabited by Georgia’s largest national minority, Armenians. In most respects, Javakheti has been more dependent on Russia (in socio-economic terms) and Armenia (in cultural terms) than on its proper state, Georgia, since Georgia gained independence in 1991. Throughout the 1990s the region was often described as a ‘potential hot-spot’, yet another possible breakaway region in the Caucasus. This looking paper examines whether the situation has started to change in terms of whether Javakheti is now closer to becoming an integrated part of Georgia, given that territorial unity has been one of the main priorities of the Georgian government since the ‘Rose Revolution’ of 2003. the aim of this paper is thus to create a better understanding of the challenges that Javakheti faces, in order to facilitate an informed debate on the current situation and the future development of the region.
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