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.

Krasnaya Sloboda

These photographs depict life in Krasnaya Sloboda, a prosperous and highly unusual town in the mountains of northeastern Azerbaijan. Krasnaya Sloboda is home to the "mountain Jews," a community of some 5,000 that traces its roots in this region for centuries and that some have linked to the lost tribes that left Israel after the destruction of the first temple.