Resolving Identity-based Conflicts in the North Caucasus

  • Maxim Popov North-Caucasus Federal University


The article reviews the present state of analysis of regional conflict resolution in foreign and Russian literature. The goal of the research is to analyze the constructive methods for resolving ethno-political conflicts in the North Caucasus. Identity-based conflicts as a type of ethno-political conflicts have become a considerable obstacle to the Post-Soviet modernization in the current decade. The interest in the concept of identity-based conflict has been increasing worldwide during the first decade of the 21-st century. Competing identity became a prism for studying the problem of security in multi-ethnic communities. A rapid strengthening of hyper-ethnic identity of the citizens of Russia occurred in two post-Soviet decades. It was manifested in the demands of ethnocentrism, national-cultural autonomy, secession, as well as in the substantial growth of tension in ethnic relations, which resulted in protracted identity-based conflicts. Conflict resolution in the North Caucasus may be built on the principles of civic solidarity and socio-political integration but not on the assimilation policy and suppression of ethnicities.
Keywords: ethno-political conflicts, conflict resolution, identity-based conflicts, socio-political integration, ethnic mobilization, modernization, North Caucasus, post-Soviet Russia
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How to Cite
Popov, M. (2017) “Resolving Identity-based Conflicts in the North Caucasus”, Periodica Polytechnica Social and Management Sciences, 25(1), pp. 70-77.