Interethnic Conflict: A Challenge for the Future of the Newly Independent States

Andre Kamenshikov


This article focuses on the nature of
interethnic conflicts in the newly independent
states of the former Soviet Union.
The author discusses the prevailing patterns
that characterize such conflicts and
gives a brief account of the changes that
took place in the newly independent states
over the past decade that laid the ground
for the present volatile sociopolitical climate
there. Apart from the material causes
of conflict, a lot of attention is given to
psychological causes such as the loss of
identity which is being compensated by a
growing nationalism. In the opinion of the
author, these psychological causes should
be given much more attention in order to
predict and prevent outbreaks of
interethnic conflicts in the area.

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