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Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus - CASCADE

2014 - 2017

CASCADE is a large collaborative project implemented from 2014 to 2017 by a group of partners from 9 countries. Its objectives are to:

(i) scrutinise Caucasian states and societies for the root causes of conflict and insecurity, conduct synergetic research on democracy and security in the Caucasus and investigate their interaction.

(ii) analyse the links between the region and its wider neighbourhood.

(iii) provide forward-looking analysis on regional security and democratisation processes.

(iv) develop a set of proposals on how the EU could enhance its role in the region.

 

The project will de-compartmentalise research on the Caucasus by exploring linkages between societal challenges, political developments and conflicts, and investigating the interactions between the North and South Caucasus, as well as between the Caucasus and its wider neighbourhood. On the basis of a strong comparative and interdisciplinary approach, a more accurate understanding will be provided, of how democracy and security are perceived, understood, experienced and exploited as political and social resources by Caucasus actors and other actors involved in the region. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork in the North and South Caucasus, including in the conflict areas and de facto States, CASCADE will generate a wealth of empirical data as well as new and important insights into security and democracy in the Caucasus. The project outcomes will also be largely policy-driven and CASCADE’s impact will be considerable in terms of shaping the EU policy toward the Caucasus. The project will act as a knowledge hub to spur debate and bring together academic and policy communities from Europe and the Caucasus.

NEWS

17.02.2017

Monitoring of Online Print Media on Sex Selection in Armenia

The current policy brief aimed at analyzing the monitored online print media outlets in cases when they covered the topic of sex selection and articles that were broadly linked to the value of girls and women. The content of web-based media outlets have been scrutinized to identify any statements or reporting that could have had distorted, untruthful or prejudicial elements against women or men. All these aspects were separately analyzed quantified and also handpicked, allowing analyzing the level of stereotypical reporting either as a media intention or as an absence of intention, leading to unobstructed penetration of prejudicial statements widely circulated in the society and back by reinstating the current state of the affairs.

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24.08.2016

Cases

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LATEST PUBLICATIONS

17.02.2017

Monitoring Public Policy and Programmes to Prevent Gender-Biased Sex Selection and Sex- Selective Abortions in the Republic of Armenia

The publication provides policy recommendations to the policy makers in the Armenian Government, civil society, human rights defenders and international development community, and is an instrumental in promoting policy dialogue in the area of prevention of gender-biased sex selection in Armenia. It particularly focuses on public policies that would promote the value of girl for parents, families, and the society at large.