Thomas de Waal

Senior Fellow
Carnegie Europe

De Waal is a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region.

Tom de Waal is a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region.

He is the author of numerous publications about the region. His latest book is Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is also the author of the authoritative book on the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War (NYU Press, second edition 2013), which has been translated into Armenian, Azeri, Russian, and Turkish, and of The Caucasus: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010).

De Waal has worked extensively as a journalist and writer in the Caucasus and Black Sea region and in Russia. From 1993 to 1997, he worked in Moscow for the Moscow Times, the Times of London, and the Economist, specializing in Russian politics and the situation in Chechnya. He is the co-author (with Carlotta Gall) of the book Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus (NYU Press, 1997), for which the authors were awarded the James Cameron Prize for Distinguished Reporting.

He has also worked for the BBC and for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, a London-based NGO.

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  • A Church Conflict Brews in Ukraine
    • Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    A Church Conflict Brews in Ukraine

    President Poroshenko hopes to win votes from the issue of church autonomy. But it is a risky strategy, and some commentators are warning about potential violence.

  • Status Stalemate in the Caucasus
    • Thursday, August 23, 2018

    Status Stalemate in the Caucasus

    Moscow’s recognition of both Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states in 2008 has benefited no one—including the two territories and Russia itself.

  • No End in Sight in Eastern Ukraine
    • Thursday, July 05, 2018

    No End in Sight in Eastern Ukraine

    The forgotten war in eastern Ukraine is intensifying again.

  • Armenia’s Revolution and the Karabakh Conflict
    • Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    Armenia’s Revolution and the Karabakh Conflict

    Armenia’s new prime minister has so far taken a tough stance on the unresolved Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. The moribund Karabakh peace process needs shaking up—but not too much.

  • Will Armenia’s Transition Bring Change?
    • Thursday, April 05, 2018

    Will Armenia’s Transition Bring Change?

    Outgoing President Serzh Sargsyan is likely to remain Armenia’s de facto leader when constitutional changes soon kick in. Sargsyan has diversified Armenia’s economy and foreign policy. Will he continue that trend?

  • Moldova’s Conflict: Unfreezing, In a Good Way?
    • Tuesday, March 06, 2018

    Moldova’s Conflict: Unfreezing, In a Good Way?

    A mood of realism around the Transdniestria conflict, supported by Russia, is leading to areas of de facto integration. The Moldovan government is cautious, but this is an opportunity for more international engagement.

  • Azerbaijan’s Inconvenient Prisoner
    • Thursday, February 01, 2018

    Azerbaijan’s Inconvenient Prisoner

    Five years after he was detained, the authority of Azerbaijan’s best-known political prisoner is growing.

  • The Downtrodden in Ukraine’s Conflict
    • Monday, January 08, 2018

    The Downtrodden in Ukraine’s Conflict

    Kyiv politics is making the humanitarian problems of eastern Ukraine even worse.

  • Georgia and Russia Inch Toward a Business Deal
    • Monday, November 27, 2017

    Georgia and Russia Inch Toward a Business Deal

    Tbilisi and Moscow are on the verge of finalizing a transit agreement they initially made in 2011. But political fears could still sink the deal, and its big economic benefits.

  • Abkhazia: Still Isolated, Still Proud
    • Monday, October 30, 2017

    Abkhazia: Still Isolated, Still Proud

    After twenty-five years of conflict, nothing good will come from perpetuating Abkhazia’s isolation. Bolder EU engagement in the disputed territory is required.

Education

BA, Balliol College, University of Oxford

Languages
  • English
  • Russian
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