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Georgia-Russia conflict

M.Steven FishM. Steven Fish
Professor of political science
Phone: (510) 643-1943
E-mail: sfish@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651, kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Fish is the author of "Democracy Derailed in Russia: The Failure of Open Politics" (2005), "Democracy from Scratch: Opposition and Regime in the New Russian Revolution" (1995) and a coauthor of "The Handbook of National Legislatures" (2009) and coauthor of "Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy" (2001).

Shorena KurtsikidzeShorena Kurtsikidze
Research associate with UC Berkeley's Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
Phone: (510) 642-6162
E-mail: shorena@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: A cultural anthropologist and a native of Georgia, Kurtsikidze teaches courses on Georgian language, anthropology and history. She also has co-authored a new book about Georgian language and culture ("Ethnography and Folklore of Georgia") and co-curated an exhibit about her homeland that was on display at UC Berkeley's Hearst Museum of Anthropology. That exhibit is available online. She returned from a visit to Georgia just days before the latest violent conflict erupted.
         
Kurtsikidze and her husband, Vakhtang Chikovani (also a cultural anthropologist), published a paper in 2002 about the Pankisi Gorge region just south of the Georgian-Chechen border and about Georgian-Russian tensions stemming from fears of Chechen political activism and increased Islamic radicalism.

Yuri SlezkineYuri Slezkine
Professor of history and director of UC Berkeley's Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
Phone: (510) 642-2224
E-mail: slezkine@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651, kmaclay@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Slezkine is an authority on late-modern Russian and European history. He is a native of Moscow and is the director of UC Berkeley's Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Edward WalkerEdward Walker
Executive Director of the Berkeley Program in Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies and adjunct associate professor of political science
Phone: (510) 642-6168
E-mail: eww@berkeley.edu
Media Relations contact: Yasmin Anwar, (510) 643-7944 or yanwar@berkeley.edu

Expertise: Walker has written and taught extensively on problems of ethno-politics and ethnic conflict, federalism, secession, and nationalism in post-Soviet Russia and the new states of the Caucasus and Central Asia.