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. The second edition of his book The Caucasus: An Introduction (Oxford University Press) was published in 2018. He is also the author of Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide (Oxford University Press, 2015) and of the authoritative book on the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War (NYU Press, second edition 2013).

From 2010 to 2015, de Waal worked for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Before that he worked extensively as a journalist in both print and for BBC radio. 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 co-authored (with Carlotta Gall) the book Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus (NYU Press, 1997), for which the authors were awarded the James Cameron Prize for Distinguished Reporting.

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  • What Role for Europe in the New Post-War Caucasus?
    • Thursday, November 19, 2020

    What Role for Europe in the New Post-War Caucasus?

    Russia’s peace deal for Armenia and Azerbaijan has halted the war over Nagorny Karabakh and exposed the Western countries as bystanders. The Europeans must now try to help shape a lasting peace on the ground.

  • The Caucasus Burns While Europe Struggles
    • Thursday, October 08, 2020

    The Caucasus Burns While Europe Struggles

    The war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorny Karabakh is a humanitarian catastrophe. A failure to respond properly undermines the European Union’s claims to be a strategic actor in its neighborhood.

  • Can the Coronavirus Reset the Abkhazia Conflict?
    • Thursday, April 02, 2020

    Can the Coronavirus Reset the Abkhazia Conflict?

    The Georgian-Abkhaz ethnic conflict looks rather small and old-fashioned in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The two sides should seize the moment to start working more closely together.

  • Time for an Armenia-Azerbaijan History Ceasefire
    • Tuesday, February 25, 2020

    Time for an Armenia-Azerbaijan History Ceasefire

    By recycling conspiracy theories and distorted versions of the past, the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders only prolong their unresolved conflict over the territory of Nagorny Karabakh.

  • Is Change Afoot in Azerbaijan?
    • Tuesday, November 05, 2019

    Is Change Afoot in Azerbaijan?

    Azerbaijan has long been an island of unchanging continuity, but a generational overhaul is underway. With mounting expectations and a resurgent opposition, 2020 will be a testing year for Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

  • The Story of Boris and Václav, or How to Break Up the UK
    • Thursday, August 22, 2019

    The Story of Boris and Václav, or How to Break Up the UK

    Boris Johnson could end up being the English leader who allowed the breakup of the UK to achieve Brexit. There are lessons in the dissolution of two other unions, the USSR and Czechoslovakia, and the role played by Boris Yeltsin and Václav Klaus.

  • Brotherly Ukraine Answers Back
    • Tuesday, May 07, 2019

    Brotherly Ukraine Answers Back

    Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s use of soft power can cause the Kremlin problems.

  • The Cyprus Process Needs Some Oxygen
    • Tuesday, April 09, 2019

    The Cyprus Process Needs Some Oxygen

    Formal reunification talks in Cyprus are suspended. It is time to give a boost to some stalled confidence-building measures and enable Turkish Cypriot voters to vote freely in the European elections.

  • Book Review: No Place for Russia
    • Tuesday, January 29, 2019

    Book Review: No Place for Russia

    What would it take to make Russia more comfortable with its neighbors, the EU, and NATO?

  • The Caucasus: No Longer Just Russia’s Neighborhood
    • Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    The Caucasus: No Longer Just Russia’s Neighborhood

    The three South Caucasian countries have found a way to manage their relationship with Russia. If their leaders do nothing stupid to alienate their own populations, they stand a good chance of navigating 2019 without a confrontation with Moscow.

Education

BA, Balliol College, University of Oxford

Languages
  • English
  • Russian
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