Georgia Diary: A Chronicle of War and Political Chaos in the Post-Soviet Caucasus

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Event Time: 
4:30 p.m.
Location: 
1 Robertson Hall

LISD co-hosted a lecture, "Georgia Diary: A Chronicle of War and Political Chaos in the Post-Soviet Caucasus," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2009 in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. The lecture was given by former journalist Thomas Goltz. The event was co-sponsored with Near Eastern Studies and the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Goltz is an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at Montana State University, Bozeman. Fluent or functional in German, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Russian and Arabic, Goltz has lectured at many leading US universities and foreign policy-related institutes.

Before returning to academia in 2006, Thomas Goltz spent some twenty-five years in the field as a journalist and has written for most leading US publications, including the New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, The Nation and Soldier of Fortune. His Azerbaijan Diary (M.E. Sharpe, 1998/9) has been hailed as "essential reading for all post-Sovietologists." His second book on the Caucasus, Chechnya Diary, (St. Martins, 2003), is regarded as a classic exploration of the reality of war-correspondence, and how "the observer affects the observed." A memoir about his days as an itinerant actor in Africa in the late 1970s was issued as Assassinating Shakespeare (Saqi, 2006), and is now being considered as a possible film.