The South Caucasus beyond Borders, Boundaries and Division Lines: Conflicts, Cooperation and Development

Seminar on Wednesday, 31 October  2012, 10:00 – 17:00
at the Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33 (main entrance), 3rd floor Banquet hall

Printable programme (pdf)


10:00 – 10:20 Opening remarks

  • Prof. Markku Kivinen, Director, Aleksanteri Institute
  • Ms. Terhi Hakala, Director General for the Department for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
MArkku Kivinen Terhi Hakala
Markku Kivinen Terhi Hakala


10:20 – 10:40 Introduction

  • Mr. Mikko Palonkorpi, Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute
  • Prof. Jeremy Smith, Karelian Institute

10:40 – 11:40 Georgia

  • Moderator: Ms. Salla Nazarenko, University of Tampere
  • Dr. Alexander Rondeli, President of the Georgian Foundation For Strategic and International Studies (Tbilisi)
  • Prof. Tornike Sharashenidze, the Head of the MA Program in International Affairs at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (Tbilisi)

Alexander Rondeli, Salla Nazarenko, Tornike Sharashenidze

11:40 – 12:40 Lunch

12:40 – 13:40 Armenia

  • Moderator: Mr. Mikko Palonkorpi, Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute
  • Dr. Alexander Iskandaryan, Director, Caucasus Institute (Yerevan)
  • Dr. Richard Giragosian, Director, Regional Studies Center (Yerevan)
Giragosian & Palonkorpi Iskandaryan
Richard Giragosian, Mikko Palonkorpi Alexander Iskandaryan


13:40 – 14:40 Azerbaijan

  • Moderator: Ms. Tiina Sotkasiira, Researcher, University of Eastern Finland
  • Dr. Gulshan Pashayeva, Deputy Director of the Center for Strategic Studies (Baku)
  • Dr. Sergey Rumyansev, Institute of Philophy, Sociology and Legal Research 
    Academy of Sciences, Azerbaijan (Baku)

Gulshan Pashayeva, Tiina Sotkasiira, Sergey Rumyansev

14:40 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 17:00 The EU perspective and conclusion

  • Moderator: Mrs. Hanna Smith, Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute
  • Dr. Iris Kempe, Non Residence Fellow Berlin, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies
  • All speakers

Alexander Rondeli, Tornike Sharashenidze, Alexander Iskandaryan, Iris Kempe

The seminar is organised by a joint research project by the Aleksanteri Institute and the Heinrich Böll South Caucasus Office, The South Caucasus Beyond Borders, Boundaries and Division Lines: Conflicts, Cooperation and Development

This seminar is part of the Security and Development Research within the Wider Europe Initiative (WEI) Security Cluster, which will be carried out with the financial contribution of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and within the framework of Finnish development co-operation.





For more information, please contact:
Mikko Palonkorpi mikko.palonkorpi (at)