In June 2024, the BESA Post-Soviet Conflicts Research Program released an analysis on recent South Caucasus developments and their geopolitical impact on Israel and France.

In it, Gela Vasadze examines political protests in Armenia triggered by the loss of Nagorno Karabakh and the transfer of four villages to Azerbaijan. Led by Archbishop Bagrat, these protests are fueled by miatsum ideology ( (the idea of a “unification” between Armenia and Karabakh) and resembles the 2018 rallies that brought Nikol Pashinyan to power. However, they lack a positive agenda.

Additionally, Velvl Chernin explores the different ethnopolitical situations in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the challenges of reintegrating these territories into Georgia. Abkhazia’s deep-seated national consciousness and history of ethnic cleansing contrast with South Ossetia’s smaller, more recently settled population.

Also, Konstantin Pakhalyuk discusses France’s increasing rhetorical support for Ukraine and its strategic goals of promoting European defense autonomy while extending influence in Armenia and Moldova.

Finally, Andrei Kazantsev-Vaisman and Ze’ev Khanin analyze the Kremlin’s use of terms like “genocide” and “Holocaust” to consolidate the “global South” against the West, while maintaining a delicate balance with Israel.

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