The Caucasus region is situatied on the border of Europe and Asia, between the Black and the Caspian seas. It is home to more than 50 ethnic groups.
The Caucasus borders Turkey, Iran, and Russia and has been an area of political, military, religious, and cultural controversy for centuries. The Caucasus was part of the Persian sphere of influence until the Russian Empire conquered the territory at the beginning of the 19th century. The region has been subject to various territorial disputes since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, leading for example to wars over Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, Chechnya and South Ossetia. This page shows an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to the Caucasus.
A doctor who performed female genital mutilation on a nine-year-old girl in the northern Caucasus republic of Ingushetia is on trial. Human rights activists hope the case can help to outlaw the abuse in Russia.
For many European countries, the arrival of war refugees has caused domestic political upheaval. But one tiny European nation has actively welcomed those fleeing Syria. That country is Armenia, a country of just three million people in the south Caucasus region. And as Christian Cummins found out, this open-arms policy has cultural, historical and pragmatic roots.
The motto of a rather unusual protest movement in the former Soviet republic of Georgia is: "We dance together, we fight together!" Activists there are pushing for LGBT rights and a liberalization of the country’s strict drugs laws. Emily Sherwin has this report on the so-called RAVE - olution, and the deep divisions it’s exposing in Georgian society.