“The Emperor Carries a Gun”: Capacity Building in the North Caucasus, by Katherine S. Layton

OJPCR: The Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution
6.1 Fall:  241-271  (2004)  ISSN: 1522-211X
The 2004 U.N. Consolidated Appeal for the North Caucasus announced increased attention to support for capacity building of local humanitarian organizations, communities, and governmental bodies, along with a stronger focus on human rights programming.  Capacity building and rights protection in the North Caucasus context, however, is an extraordinarily complex undertaking, and necessitates an analysis of the overall political, social, cultural and economic context of the region.  In addition, the humanitarian presence has had a definite impact on the political and social environment in the region that should be measured and carefully assessed.  Analysis of this impact will aid in the construction of proactive measures in line with the humanitarian mission and principles and will facilitate the humanitarian community’s preparedness to undertake capacity building objectives.  This article describes this context and impact, spotlighting the republics of Chechnya and Ingushetia, which together are targeted as an “anti-terrorist operation” by the federal government of the Russian Federation. 

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