Publications

Regulatory Framework for the Import-Export of Tea and Honey in Georgia (2015) (in Russian) maps the existing normative internal and external legislative framework regulating the import-export of tea and honey in Georgia.

Mapping of the regulatory framework of the import-export of tea, wine, cheese and honey between Armenia and Georgia (2015) (in Russian) examines the contractual legal framework of the relationship between Armenia and Georgia and the existing contracts and trade agreements between the countries which regulate economic trade and political relations.

Mapping of the Beekeeping Sector in South Caucasus and Turkey (2015) (in Russian) is a unique anthology of research into the state of the beekeeping sector in the contemporary South Caucasus. It summarises common trends, challenges and recommendations for the development of the sector.

Regulation of Trade Across Contested Borders: The Cases of China/Taiwan, Serbia/Kosovo and Cyprus (2015) seeks to introduce a foundation for developing a regulatory framework that would place existing illicit trade – in general and in the Georgian-Abkhaz context – into a predictable, transparent context, which would in turn contribute to building relationships based on trust and mutual interest.

Trans-Ingur/i Economic Relations: A Case for Regulation, Vol. 2 (2015) estimates the scale and structure of trans-Ingur/i trade during the period from November 2013 to December 2014. It analyses the predicted increase in trade during the Sochi Olympic period, and identifies individual, seasonal and universal characteristics of the trans-Ingur/i trade.

Business Networks Product Sheet (2014) presents the role of business networks in contributing towards peaceful societies. By linking people across borders and ethnic lines, supporting economic activities that are inclusive and productive, and facilitating the formation of pro-peace networks who collaborate, advocate and campaign for cooperation, business can become a powerful means of addressing the economic and social factors of conflict. The Caucasus Business and Development Network is a case-in-point of the successful promotion of business networks as a peacebuilding mechanism.

Rehabilitation of the Railways in the South Caucasus (Vol. 2) (2014) follows the first volume in examining the economic and social costs and benefits of rehabilitating the South Caucasus railways, focusing this time on the Kars-Gyumri-Nakhichevan-Meghri-Baku route.

Rehabilitation of the Railways in the South Caucasus (Vol. 1) (2013) assesses the potential costs and benefits of rehabilitating the South Caucasus railways, in particular the Sochi-Sukhum/i-Tbilisi-Yerevan railway. It examines the required expenditure of restoring rail traffic and potential profitability, as well as indirect positive economic and social effects.

Trans Ingur/i Economic Relations: A Case for Regulation (2013) is the third report in the series analysing economic relations across the Georgian-Abkhaz divide which appraises the potential of mutual economic interest as a basis for conflict transformation. The conceptual question at the centre of this research is whether economic incentives can facilitate conflict transformation by cementing mutual interest and interdependence, and whether a provisional legal framework would create new impetus for peace talks.

The CBDN Brochure (2013) provides a wide range of information about the network – its vision, principles and areas of work as well as samples of its activities.

Mediation and Dialogue in the South Caucasus (2012) brings together the perspectives and reflections of international and local civil-society actors engaged in a wide range of initiatives aimed at transforming the conflicts in the South Caucasus. Chapter 12 focuses on the Economy and Conflict peacebuilding model, and in particular the role of the Caucasus Business and Development Network; its origins, process and results.

Prospects for the Regulation of Trans-Ingur/I Economic Relations: Stakeholder Analysis (2012) analyses views among business communities, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), on the issue of the regulating trans-Ingur/i economic relations, Georgian-Abkhaz conflict transformation and the invigoration of the political process. This work seeks to deepen understanding on the economic dimensions of peacebuilding, as well as to engage economic actors in peacebuilding in the South Caucasus.

Peace Talks: International Alert Annual Report (2011) pp. 10-11 shows the history and growth of the Caucasus Business and Development Network as a pioneer for regional cooperation in the South Caucasus. The report highlights achievements such as the Gyumri-Kars business forum, the inception of the Caucasus Honey brand and the First Caucasian Textile and Fashion Forum.

Regulating Trans-Ingur/I Economic Relations: Views from Two Banks (2011) contains a collection of articles produced by Abkhaz and Georgian experts on the subject of the political and economic dividends – or losses – that could be brought about by regulating economic relations across the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict divide. The aim of this publication is to stimulate discussion on the potential political and economic impact of transparent and predictable cross-Ingur/i economic relations.

Corruption and Conflict in the South Caucasus (2006) is the product of field research and subsequent analysis carried out between July 2004 and July 2005 by a team of researchers from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia as well as Nagorny Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia across the South Caucasus, facilitated by International Alert. Based on a series of one-to-one interviews and focus groups with a wide range of stakeholders, it examines the connections between corruption and frozen conflicts in the South Caucasus region, exploring corruption on all sides.

Local Business, Local Peace (2006) makes the case that the local business community in conflict-affected countries can and should play a role in building peace. Linking up with other peacebuilding actors, and taking advantage of their own resources and skills, business communities should address socio-economic, security, political and reconciliation dimensions of peacebuilding.

From War Economies to Peace Economies in the South Caucasus (2004) is the product of a 18 month period of research and analysis examining how a better understanding of the region’s current economic dynamics can contribute to the resolution of its conflicts. It is the first book to examine this topic from the perspectives of those living in the region, composed of work from experts from throughout the South Caucasus, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh.