Cover Osteuropa 7-10/2015

In Osteuropa 7-10/2015

Natural Region Caucasus
Diversity, Contrasts, Risks

Jörg Stadelbauer

Deutsche Fassung


Hardly any other area within the post-Soviet space boasts so much diversity as the Caucasus. This applies to the geographic setting, to history, culture, political activity, and economic potential. If Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are seen as a unit, then that is primarily to serve the purpose of simplification. In fact, the region is very heterogeneous. This also goes for the exploitation of mineral resources, the accumulation of natural hazards due to extreme weather conditions and climate change, as well as the degradation of soil and vegetation.

(Osteuropa 7-10/2015, pp. 7–44)