Chapter 18 Understanding diversity of South Caucasus civil society
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This chapter discusses the development of Armenian, Azerbaijani and Georgian civil society. Although the three countries share a colonial history and similar historic experiences (wars, revolutions), they also have very different cultures, societies and historic trajectories. Colonial and communist legacy is important for understanding some of the peculiarities of state-society relations in the region, however, such homogenising factors are diminishing while the paths of the three neighbours diverge, creating different civil society environments. The chapter discusses the influence of shared history, the impact of the Western funding (NGO-ization), the counterbalancing influence of indigenous local movements, and the extent of Russian influence in the region. It concludes with tentative suggestions of directions for future research.