Forgotten, Not Frozen: A Roundtable on Violent Conflict in Chechnya and the North Caucasus

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Event Time: 
4:30 p.m.
Location: 
016 Robertson Hall

A panel discussion, "Forgotten, Not Frozen: A Roundtable on Violent Conflict in Chechnya and the North Caucasus," was held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 in 016 Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. It was co-sponsored by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Woodrow Wilson School, and Near Eastern Studies. It was held in conjunction with an art exhibit in the Bernstein Gallery and was free and open to the public. A reception in the gallery followed the talk. Panel discussants included Valeriy Dzutsev, Muskie Fellow at the University of Maryland; Jason Lyall, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School; Michael Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton; and Fatima Tilsova, Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University.

Panelists:

Valeriy Dzutsev is a Muskie Fellow at the University of Maryland. He is also the Coordinator for North Caucasus at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). In 1999 he became local coordinator for the British-based Centre for Peacemaking and Community Development in North Ossetia. He began working for IWPR in 2000 as a contributor, and in September, 2002 became coordinator for the North Caucasus.

Jason Lyall is an assistant professor of politics and international affairs in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School. He has also been a visiting scholar at Harvard's Davis Center for Russian Studies and the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia. Lyall's research interests include the sources of military power and effectiveness, focusing equally on states and insurgent organizations. He specializes in assessing how identity and organizational culture can shape and distort an actor's strategy, force employment, and tactics in combat. Lyall also has a regional focus on Russia and increasingly, the Northern Caucasus.

Michael Reynolds is an assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies where he teaches modern Middle Eastern and Eurasian history. Currently on leave as a visiting scholar at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, he recently received the Junior Faculty Research Grant in International Security from the Smith-Richard Foundation for the research and writing of "Shattering Empires," a study of Ottoman-Russian imperial competition and collapse and its impact on the Caucasus and Anatolia.

Fatima Tilsova is an independent journalist from the North Caucasus. She has worked for ten years as a correspondent for a number of independent Russian papers as well as international media. She has also served as chief of the North Caucasian bureau of the Russian news agency Regnum. Tilsova is a regular writer for IWPR (London) and for the Jamestown Foundation (Washington DC). She has received the Rory Peck award and the German Zeit-Stiftung award for her reporting on the conflict in the North Caucasus and her efforts to help fellow journalists.