Caucasus in Context

Pulitzer Center Director Jon Sawyer traveled to Russia and throughout the South Caucasus, reporting on a region that is caught between East and West, North and South as well as its own conflicted history.

The project focused in part on several of the "frozen conflicts" left over from the collapse of the former Soviet Union, among them the disputed territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia and Nagorno Karabakh, between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The reporting also raised questions about the potential impact in a volatile region of any conflict between the United States and Iran.

A Story of People in War and Peace

Nagorno Karabakh, the mountainous territory between Azerbaijan and Armenia, is one of the "frozen conflicts" left unresolved from the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ethnic Armenians were victorious in a vicious war with Azerbaijan but no government, not even Armenia, has given Nagorno Karabakh the international recognition it seeks.