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ISSN 2294-1274 ATLANTIC TREATY ASSOCIATION Volume 2 - Issue 8, August 2012 SOUTH CAUCASUS AND TRANSATLANTIC SECURITY: Views from the region In early June 2012, the long-standing ‘frozen’ conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region flared up with clashes between the armed forces of the two countries that led to deaths on both sides. These incidents triggered new security concerns in a region that is looking back at a long history of conflicts. Although the region got worldwide attention during the August 2008 War between Georgia and its separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the potential for the outbreak of military conflicts is still underestimated in international politics. The major western institutions - above all The Nagorno-Karbakh conflict is one of the major sources of tensions in South Caucasus Contents: NATO, EU and OSCE - hold the main respon- Global Pulse: A way forward or glimpse back? Reflections on interna- sibility when it comes to finding strategies for tional cooperation in South Caucasus stabilizing the South Caucasus region. One Tornike Metreveli looks at different concepts of ’nationalism’ and examines the reasons for important issue will be the democratization of the difficulties with creating international cooperation in South Caucasus. He argues that security governance in all countries. Thereby, youth cooperation could be the key for a better understanding of the Caucasian peoples. the situation needs to be analyzed individually for each country with their respective political South Caucasus and transatlantic security cooperation: Views from systems. Yet what is even more important is Armenia and Azerbaijan changing people’s mindsets. As long as age-old Tevan Poghosyan and Rozy Kopyan as well as Orkhan Ali examine the status quo of their stereotypes and narrow-minded public opinion countries’ integration into the transatlantic security framework and the prospects for dominate in the region, no progress towards NATO membership. They conclude that, given different national political circumstances, mutual trust and more transnational coopera- the relations of the Southern Caucasian countries to NATO differ significantly. tion will be made. - Florian Bauernfeind Atlantic Voices, Volume 2, Issue 8 1

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