|The CEP Caucasus program
began in January 1998, with three Visiting Faculty Fellows and
two Local Faculty Fellows in Tbilisi, Georgia. The program
expanded to Armenia the following semester. In 199899
CEP Caucasus supported seven Visiting Faculty Fellows and three
Local Faculty Fellows at universities in Yerevan and Tbilisi.
The presence of CEP Fellows in Georgia and Armenia has helped rebuild academic linkages among the Caucasus countries. While CEP Fellows are based in the capitals, they make a determined effort to reach out to other parts of each country. In Georgia, CEP has conducted a regular series of guest lectures and programs at universities in Kutaisi and Akhaltsikhe. In the spring, CEP Fellows held a three-day intensive seminar series, Changing Conceptions of Sovereignty, at Kutaisi State University. Two political scientists and a lawyer examined this topic from different perspectives. Visiting Faculty Fellows also gave a series of guest lectures to the economics and law faculties at Akhaltsikhe State University on topics ranging from introductory economics to applied theories of public administration to human rights.
Similar outreach took place in Armenia. In May 1999, CEP Fellows convened a symposium, Human Rights at the End of the 20th Century, in Yerevan. Twenty-two students participated, including students from regional universities. The conference addressed four main themes: democracy and human rights, minority rights, refugee rights, and the role of non-governmental organizations. CEP Fellows in the Caucasus have also visited universities in Baku, Azerbaijan for guest lecturers and workshops. As a result of these visits, students from Azerbaijan were included in CEP Caucasus events in 199899.
One of the great things about being a CEP Visiting Faculty Fellow is the wide range of opportunities that exist to reach students, even those outside your primary host university.
Shea, Visiting Faculty Fellow, Ivane
highlight of the 199899 academic year was the first
CEP Caucasus Regional Student Conference, The Caucasus:
Challenges and Opportunities. This interdisciplinary
conference focused on common issues facing Georgia,
Armenia and Azerbaijan and received an overwhelming
response. More than thirty students from the region
presented papers on topics such as nationalism, relations
with Russia, and economic reform.
It was a pleasure to work with the students on an individual basis and encourage open discussions in class. I also enjoyed working with the Visiting Faculty Fellows and sharing ideas with them. Its an experience I will treasure.
Hovhannisian, Local Faculty Fellow,