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IWPR Editorial Comment

Latest Russian-sponsored effort to resolve conflict comes to naught, but some wonder whether Paris is set to replace Moscow as lead mediator.
Corruption and tax evasion have increased inequality.
Russia needs long-term strategy to deal with the insurgency in its southern republics.
The Caucasus region is a small and troubled place.
In the space of a few days, a real catastrophe has unfolded in the Caucasus, sparked by a conflict over a tiny piece of land that could have been averted.
So much has been left in ruins in the Caucasus in the past week. What chance is there of a salvage operation?