Hidden Nations, Enduring Crimes: The North Caucasus Between Past and Future – 2-

The Jamestown Foundation & the International School for Caucasus Studies of

Ilia State University announce:

Hidden Nations, Enduring Crimes:

The North Caucasus Between Past and Future

Second International Conference

Tbilisi, Georgia

November 19-21, 2010

Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel


Friday November 19th

7:00 P.M. to 8:30 PM

Welcome Reception




November 20, 2010


9:45 A.M.

10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

Opening Remarks

10:00 A.M.

Gigi Tevzadze


Ilia State University


10:15 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.

Ghia Nodia


International School for Caucasus Studies

Ilia State University


Glen Howard


 The Jamestown Foundation


Panel 1: Assessing the Results of the First International Conference

10:30 A.M. to 10:45 A.M.


Iyad Youghar


Circassian International Council

Nugzar Tsiklauri

Georgian Parliament

Ali Berzeg

Research Director,

Circassian International Council

Mairbek Vatchagaev

Jamestown Foundation Analyst

Merab Chukhua


Tbilisi State University

Bezhan Khorava


Panel 2: Georgian Policies Toward the North Caucasus;

The Idea of a Unified and Peaceful Caucasus

10:45 P.M. to 12:00 P.M.



Valeriy Dzutsev


Ghia Nodia

David Aprasidze

David Darchiashvili

Giorgi Mamulia

Giorgi Sabedashvili

Donogo Khadzhi Murad

Coffee Break

12:00 P.M. to 12:15 P.M.


Keynote  Address

12:15 P.M to 1:00 P.M.


Glen E. Howard


Jamestown Foundation




“The Results of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group Report

Chechnya-Fact Finding Mission”

Lord Frank Judd

MP, British Parliament


Q & A



1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.



Panel 3: Human Rights Violations in Chechnya

2:00 P.M. to 3:45 PM


Sophie Shihab

Le Monde


“The War in Chechnya: Is it Really Over?”

Aude Merlin


Université Libre de Bruxelles


“The Human Rights Situation in Chechnya”

Lidia Yusupova

Chechnya, Russia

Aminat Saieva

Former Maskhadov Envoy to the Baltic States

Vilnius, Lithuania




“Defending Human Rights in Grozny”

Dik Altemirov

Grozny, Chechnya



Mairbek Vatchagaev


Q & A


Coffee Break

3:45 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.


Panel 4: European and American Perspectives on the North Caucasus 4:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.



Olivier Dupuis

Former member of European Parliament

“U.S. Policy Towards the Caucasus”

Lyoma Dishny

United States


“The Politics of the Caucasus in Poland”

Adam Barowsky

Former member, European Parliament

Warsaw, Poland



Peter Reddaway


Q & A


5:30 P.M.

Sunday November 21, 2010

10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.


Panel 1: Russia & the Future of the North Caucasus
10:00 P.M. to 11:45 PM



Moshe Gammer

Tel Aviv University


“Countering a New Wave of Terrorism in the North Caucasus:

Is the Threat Containable?”

Pavel K. Baev

Research Professor, International Peace Research Institute

Oslo, Norway


“Does Russia Have a Policy for the North Caucasus?”

Dr. Rajan Menon

Lehigh University &

City College of New York/City University of New York


“Russian Politics: Future Scenarios and Implications for the North Caucasus”

Peter Reddaway

Professor Emeritus

George Washington University


Marie Bennigsen

Q & A

Coffee Break:

11:30P.M. to 11:45 PM

Luncheon Keynote Address

11:45 to 12:30 PM



Mairbek Vatchagaev


André Glucksmann


Q & A


12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.

Panel 2: New Developments in the North Caucasus

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM



Marie Bennigsen

“The Future of Dagestan”

Robert Chenciner

Senior Associate,

St Antony’s College Oxford


Mariel Tsaroeva

History Professor and Linguist, France

Arsamak Imagozhev,

Chairman Ingush Diaspora, Belgium

“Human Rights Violations in Karachai-Cherkessek”

Svetlana Alieva

“Human Rights Violations in Ingushetia”

Vakha Chaponov

Nazran, Ingushetia


“Ingush-Georgian Relations”

Arsamak Imagojev

Nazran, Ingushetia

Q & A


Coffee Break



Panel 3: The 2014 Sochi Olympics: Russia, Turkey and the Circassians

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM



Ghia Nodia

“Sochi: The View of the Circassians”

Ruslan Keshev

Adyghe Khasa

Nalchik, Republic of Kabardino-Balkharia


“Russian Infrastructure Challenges to Hosting the 2014 Sochi Olympics”

Valery Dzutsev

Jamestown Analyst


“Circassian Opposition to the 2014 Olympics in the United States”

Iyad Youghar and Tamara Barsik

Chairman, Circassian International Council

Patterson, New Jersey


“Turkish Policy towards the North Caucasus”

Mitat Celikpala

Associate Professor of International Relations

Kadir Has University, Istanbul



Closing Remarks

5:00 P.M.


Ghia Nodia


*The working languages of the conference are English, Russian and Georgian


Participant Biographies



Svetlana Alieva


Svetlana Alieva is a literary scholar, writer and public figure, author of books on the deportation of the North Caucasian peoples. Alieva is a member of the DOSH magazine editorial board, she was a member of the Writers’ Union of theUSSR. For a long time, she worked as a senior researcher at the Institute ofWorld Literatureof theRussianAcademyof Sciences.



Dik Altemirov


Dik Altemirov is a Chechen human rights activist, chairman of the Council of Nongovernmental Organizations of theChechenRepublic.



David Aprasidze


Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor of Political Science,IliaStateUniversity,Tbilisi. 2008-2009 he was chairman of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD). From 2006 until joining the CIPDD he worked at the Georgian Public Broadcasting as an anchor of political talk-show. From 2004 until 2006 he headed the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation regional bureau inGeorgiaandSouth Caucasus. He studied politics atTbilisiStateUniversityand received his PhD in political science fromHamburg University,Germanyin 2003. In 2009 he was awarded Fulbright scholarship to research atDuke University,USA. His fields of research include post-soviet transformation, foreign policy decision making,Georgia’s political institutions.



Pavel K. Baev
Dr. Pavel K. Baev is a research professor at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO).  He is also affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Civil War at PRIO. After graduating from the Moscow State University (MA in Political Geography, 1979) he worked in a research institute in the USSR Defence Ministry and then in the Institute of Europe, Moscow before joining PRIO in October 1992.  In 1995-2001 he was the editor of PRIO’s quarterly journal Security Dialogue. His research interests include the transformation of the Russian military, the energy dimension of Russian-European relations, and the post-Soviet conflicts in theCaucasus and the greater Caspian area.







Mitat Çelikpala


Dr. Mitat Çelikpala is Associate Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University,Istanbul. He was born inAnkaraon 19 October 1969. He graduated from Middle East Technical University Department of Political Science and Public Administration. He received his MA and PhD on International Relations fromBilkentUniversity. His areas of expertise are the Caucasus, North Caucasian Diaspora, people and security in the Caucasus andBlack Searegions and Turkish-Russian relations. In addition to Kadir Has University, he is lecturing inTurkishWarCollegeandTurkishNationalSecurityAcademyon Turkish foreign policy, politics, history and security in the Caucasus andCentral Asiaand Turkish political structure and life. Dr. Celikpala is serving as Academic Adviser to NATO’s Center of Excellence Defense Against Terrorism (DATR) andNationalSecurityAcademy. He is the board member of Turkish Foreign Ministry’s Strategic Research Centre andTurkishArmedForcesStrategicResearchCenter. He has several numbers of published academic articles and media coverage and analyses on above mentioned areas.



Vakha Chapanov


Vakha Chapanov is the head of the Maksimum news agency, member of the executive committee of the Council of Nongovernmental Organizations of Ingushetia.



Robert Chenciner


Chenciner first visitedDagestanin 1984 and most recently in 2007. Among his publications ‘Daghestan – Tradition and Survival’ came out in 1997.  He has created many exhibitions about Dagestan art and villages, currently ‘Kaitag, Art for Life’  inPordenonenearVenice. Since 2000 he has written over 650 detailed Expert Country Reports on Former Soviet states mainly for UK Courts. He was an OSCE election monitor four times in 2003-4. He has been a Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College Oxford since 1987 and an Honorary Member of the Russian (former Soviet)AcademyofSciencessince 1991, sponsored byDaghestanScientificCenter.



Khadji Murad Donogo


Khadji Murad Donogo is a historian, journalist, and doctor of sciences and the editor-in-chief of he journal “Akhulgo. He is the author of numerous books and publications concerning the history of Dagestan and theNorth Caucasus.








Valeriy Dzutsev


Valeriy Dzutsev is a freelance analyst writer, who covers developments in the North Caucasus for theWashingtonbased Jamestown Foundation and several other online publications. Valeriy received an Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship in 2007, supported by the U.S. Department of State and received his master’s degree in Public Policy at theUniversityofMarylandin 2009, with specialization in International Security and Economic Policy.  From 2002-2007 Mr. Dzutsev worked for the distinguished British journalism development organization: The Institute for War and Peace Reporting as country director for theNorth Caucasus. Mr. Dzutsev extensively reported and edited journalistic materials from across the North Caucasus on events like the Beslan school hostage taking in North Ossetia in 2004, the violent assault onNalchikin Kabardino-Balkaria by armed militants in 2005 and overall socio-political developments in the region. Before working for IWPR, Valeriy served as a local coordinator for another British-based NGO Centre for Peacemaking and Community Development (CPCD) inNorth Ossetia, managing numerous conflict transformation projects.



Moshe Gammer


Moshe Gammer is Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History,TelAvivUniversity. He is the author of Muslim Resistance to the Tsar: Shamil and the Conquest of Chechnia and Daghestan (London: Frank Cass, 1994) and The Lone Wolf and the Bear. Tree Centuries Chechen Defiance of Russian Rule (London: C. Hurst & Co .andPittsburgh:UniversityofPittsburgh Press, 2006) and many articles on the history and contemporary affairs of the Caucasus, Central Asia and theMiddle East.



André Glucksmann


André Glucksmann is considered to be a leading member of the French “New Philosophers” movement who supported the 1960s protest movement opposed to communist regimes inEastern Europe. He is the author of numerous books, including: “Le discours de la guerre” (Clausewitz and the Vietnam War), “The Master Thinkers” (Les Maîtres Penseurs, 1977- Hegel,Fichte, Marx…) and “Dostoevsky inManhattan” (Dostoïevski àManhattan, 2002, nihilism and terror )… His most recent book, “The two ways of philosophy” (Socrates and Patocka against Heidegger) came out in 2009. Throughout recent crises, he has consistently been an outspoken advocate for the “devoir d’ingérence” or the “duty to intervene”. He has written more than a hundred articles in the world press against the first and the second Russian wars inChechnya, in particular on the Kremlin’s aggression and occupation ofGeorgia.



Marat Ilyasov


Marat Ilyasov is the director of the Department for the Liaison with the Vaynakh diaspora at the Foreign Ministry of the Chechen Republic. he received his PhD from Oxford University (UK).



Arsamak Imagozhev


Arsamak Imagozhev is the head of the Ingush diaspora inBelgiumand coordinator of the Ingush diaspora inEurope.



Lord Frank Judd


Lord (Frank) Judd is a Labour Peer.  From 1966-79 he was a Labour member of Parliament for Portsmouth, serving on the Public Accounts Committee, as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition (Harold Wilson), as Minister for the Navy, as Minister for Overseas Development and as Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  From 1960-66 he was Secretary General of International Voluntary Service; from 1979-80 Associate Director of the International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa; from 1980-85 Director of VSO; and from 1985-1991 Director of Oxfam.  From 1986-91 he was also Chair of the International Council for Voluntary Agencies based inGeneva.  In 1990 and 1991 he chaired the World Economic Forum Conference on the Future of Southern Africa.  From 1992-2001 he was a member of the International Commission on Global Governance; from 1994-98 he served on the WHO Task Force on Health and Development; and from 1997-99 he was on Justice Goldstone’s International Working Group on Human Duties and Responsibilities in the New Millennium.  In the House of Lords, Lord Judd has served on the Joint (Lords and Commons) Select Committee on Human Rights, the Procedure Committee and the Lords European Sub-Committee on Environment.  Currently he serves on the European Sub-Committee on Home Affairs and on the Ecclesiastical Committee.  From 1970-73 and from 1997-2005 he was a member of the British Delegation to the Council of Europe where he was Chair of the Refugee Committee and Rapporteur to the Political Affairs Committee on the Conflict inChechnya.



Ruslan Keshev


Keshev Ruslan is chairman of the Kabardino-Balkarian regional organisation “The Circassian Congress. An ethnic Circassian he was born inNalchiktheKabardino-BalkarianRepublic,Russia. From 1988-1989 he served in the Soviet army. In 1992 has with distinction ended theKabardino-BalkarianStateUniversity. Specialized on chair of theoretical physics. From 1992 to 2006 he was a teacher of physics at schools, university, and an institute. Now he is a senior teacher of the chair of natural-mathematical formation. Publications on problems of radiation of ultrarelativistic particles. In 2006 he was recognized as the winner of competition of the best teachers of theRussian Federation. He has been in the Circassian national movement since 1989. During the Georgian-Abkhazian war – аt the Congress of the Kabardian people on work of radio stations on communication with Abkhazia. From September 2006 to the present he has served as the chairman of the Kabardino-Balkarian regional organisation “The Circassian Congress.”





Ruslan Khatuev


Ruslan Khatuev holds a PhD in History, author of works on history of Karachay-Cherkessia.



Bezhan Khorava


Bezhan Khorava holds a PhD in History and is an associate professor atSokhumiStateUniversity. He specializes in the history ofGeorgiaand the peoples of theNorth Caucasus. His research has focused on the 1763-1864 Russian-Caucasian wars, the issue of Caucasian muhajirs andRussia’s colonial policy in theCaucasusin the 19th and 20th centuries.



Buzdzhigit Kuchmezov


Buzdzhigit Kuchmezov holds a PhD in History. He is a public figure in Kabarda-Balkaria and a member of the Balkarian national movement.



Musa Lomaev


Musa Lomaev is an active member of the Chechen diaspora inFinland.



Murad Mazaev


Murad Mazaev is a well-known young Chechen film director, author of feature films and documentaries aboutChechnya. He currently resides inSweden.



Rajan Menon


Rajan Menon was appointed the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of Political Science at the City College of New York/City University of New York effective August 2010. Previously, he was the Monroe J. Rathbone Professor of International Relations and Chairman of the Department of International Relations atLehighUniversityinBethlehem,Pennsylvania. He has been a Fellow at the New America Foundation inWashington,DCand an Academic Fellow and Senior Advisor at the Carnegie Corporation ofNew Yorkfor two years (1999-2000), where he played a key role in developing the Corporation’s “Russia Initiative,” among other programs. He has also served as Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and as Director for Eurasia Policy Studies at the Seattle-based National Bureau for Asian Research (NBR). He has taught atColumbiaUniversityandVanderbiltUniversityand served as Special Assistant for Arms Control and National Security to Congressman Stephen J. Solarz (D-NY), while an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, of which he is a member.  His current work concerns American foreign and national security policy; globalization; terrorism; security issues in Northeast Asia; the political and security dimensions of energy development in the Caspian Sea zone; and the comparative study of empires; and the international relations of Russia and the other post-Soviet states. His latest book, The End of Alliances, Oxford University Press (2007), was selected as an “Outstanding Academic Title” by the American Library Association. He is working on two books, Hubris: The Anatomy of Military Disasters and AfPak: Exiting Afghanistan.


Aude Merlin


Aude Merlin holds a PhD in Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques. She is now Lecturer in Political Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) where she conducts her researches on Russia/North Caucasus at the Centre d’étude de la vie politique (CEVIPOL), www.cevipol.be).  Dr. Merlin recently edited with Silvia Serrano a collective book Orders and disorders in Caucasus (in French), EUB,Brussels, 2010.



Ghia Nodia


Ghia Nodia is the professor of politics and the director of the International School of Caucasus Studies inIliaStateUniversityinTbilisi,Georgia. He is also a founder of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD), an independent public policy think tank inTbilisi,Georgia, which he led in 1992-2008 and leads again since August 2009. He has published extensively on two sets of topics: regional security, state-building and democratization in theCaucasus, and theories of nationalism and democratic transition in the post-cold-War context. He has been involved in pro-democracy advocacy efforts inGeorgiaand internationally, and has been frequent participant of international congresses and conferences on the related topics. In February-December 2008, he served as the minister of education and science ofGeorgia.



Ahmet Burak Oztas


Ahmet Burak Oztas is a Chechen lawyer and public figure from the Chechen diaspora inTurkey. He is the owner of www.waynakh.com internet site.



Peter Reddaway


Peter Reddawayis an Emeritus Professor of Political Science & International Affairs atGeorgeWashingtonUniversityinWashington,D.C., and a member of its Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. His specialty is contemporary Russian politics. He retired in 2004 to spend more time on research, writing, and freelance lecturing and consultancy. From 1986 to 1989, he directed the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, based at the Smithsonian Institution’sWoodrowWilsonInternationalCenterfor Scholars. From 1965-1985 he taught political science at the London School of Economics (where he was also a visiting professor in 2002-2003).  Mr. Reddaway has also been a Senior Fellow atColumbiaUniversity(1973-74), a Fellow of theWoodrowWilsonInternationalCenterfor Scholars (1983-84), and a Distinguished Fellow of the U.S. Institute of Peace (1993-94). In 2004GeorgeWashingtonUniversityawarded him its annual prize for outstanding lifetime research by a faculty member. He has lectured widely at universities in North America, Europe, Asia, andAustralasia.  Mr. Reddaway is the author, co-author, or editor of several books, two of which have won awards.  Mr. Reddaway earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees atCambridgeUniversityand pursued graduate studies from 1962 to 1965 atHarvardUniversity,MoscowStateUniversity, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has visited theUSSRandRussiasome twenty times, first between 1960 and 1964, and then, after being persona non grata for some 24 years, since 1988. He speaks Russian, French, some German, and a little Italian.



Aminat Saijieva


Aminat Saijieva is a well-known Chechen public figure. She was the envoy of Ichkeria in theBaltic states.



Sophie Shihab


Sophie Shihab is regional correspondent for Le Monde, and has been based inIstanbulsince 2005.  She has traveled widely throughout theNorth Caucasusand reported on the conflict there since the mid-1990s.



Mariel Tsaroieva


Mariel Tsaroieva, PhD, specializes in the research of history of religion and language. She is the author of numerous monographs on the history of theNorth Caucasus.



Mairbek Vatchagaev


Mairbek Vachagaev is an analyst, historian and specialist on the North Caucasus. He writes a weekly column for the Jamestown Foundation publication Eurasia Daily Monitor on the situation in the North Caucasus. He is the author of several articles and book on the North Caucasus and the history of Chechnyaand Sufism in the Caucasus. He is the chief editor of the online journal Prometheus (www.chechen.org).



Iyad Youghar


Iyad Youghar is the Chairman of the recently created Circassian International Council and is also the founder of the Circassian Cultural Institute which was created in 2004.  He is the former Vice-President of the Circassian Benevolent Association (Adigha Khasa) in theUnited States of America. He holds an engineering degree and presently operates a corporate security company based inNew Jersey.



Lidia Yusupova

Lidia Yusupova is a lawyer and head of theGroznybranch of the Memorial human rights organization. Yusupova was actively involved in the search for missing people inChechnya. She is a laureate of the Torolf Rafto Prize and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 2007 and 2008.


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