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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  • Open Georgia, Closed Georgia
    • Monday, July 31, 2017

    Open Georgia, Closed Georgia

    Although Georgia is still a success story in an authoritarian neighborhood, three recent trends are a reminder that elements of that story are reversible.

  • Cyprus and the Perils of No Plan B
    • Monday, July 03, 2017

    Cyprus and the Perils of No Plan B

    If the latest Cyprus resolution talks don’t succeed, the EU needs to prepare robust contingency plans to maintain its engagement with Turkish Cypriots.

  • New Fighting in Ukraine’s Language War
    • Monday, May 29, 2017

    New Fighting in Ukraine’s Language War

    If Kyiv draws new battle lines in the country’s language war, Moscow is ready to restart its side of this conflict.

  • The Battered OSCE Is Needed More Than Ever
    • Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    The Battered OSCE Is Needed More Than Ever

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is overstretched, underfunded, and assailed on all sides, yet its work has never been so essential.

  • Azerbaijan’s Lost Transparency
    • Monday, March 20, 2017

    Azerbaijan’s Lost Transparency

    Azerbaijan’s suspension from a coalition of energy-extracting countries will harm Baku’s international brand and image as a reliable place to invest.

  • A Belarusian Balancing Act
    • Monday, February 20, 2017

    A Belarusian Balancing Act

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has become Europe’s ultimate deal maker, by trying to keep his options open with the EU while not letting Russia take him for granted.

  • The Threat of a Karabakh Conflict in 2017
    • Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    The Threat of a Karabakh Conflict in 2017

    A descent into renewed fighting in the South Caucasus is the last thing anyone wants—least of all the ordinary Armenians and Azerbaijanis who will be caught in the middle of it.

  • 2016, the Year Europe Forgot World War II
    • Monday, December 19, 2016

    2016, the Year Europe Forgot World War II

    The year 2016 witnessed the breakup of the common identity that had held Europe together for over seventy years. Two notable examples come from Britain and Russia.

  • Ever-Intractable Transdniestria
    • Tuesday, November 22, 2016

    Ever-Intractable Transdniestria

    Moldova’s election of a pro-Russian president may be symbolically important but is unlikely to assuage the conflict in the country’s breakaway region of Transdniestria.

  • Eastern Europe’s Superfluous Men
    • Monday, October 24, 2016

    Eastern Europe’s Superfluous Men

    Antipopulist liberals in Georgia and other Eastern European countries have lost voters’ support. They need the wheel of history to turn again to realize their potential.

Education

BA, Balliol College, University of Oxford

Languages
  • English
  • Russian
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