Celebrating the Launch of the Thomas de Waal Interviews Collection at Columbia Libraries

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Garden Room 1, Faculty House

Please join the Harriman Institute and Columbia Libraries for a discussion with journalist Thomas de Waal, a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region. Robert H. Davis, Librarian for Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies will make a brief introduction, and Pamela Graham, Director of Global Studies and Director, Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research will provide remarks; Alexander Cooley, Director, Harriman Institute; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, will moderate.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

This event is part of the Harriman at 70 Lecture Series.

The Harriman Institute, in collaboration with Columbia Libraries, is excited to announce that Thomas de Waal has donated the audio files of the interviews he conducted for his books Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus (co-authored with Carlotta Gall; NYU Press, 1997) and Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War (NYU Press, 2003) to Columbia Libraries. The files will be an important resource for scholars and journalists alike.

Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus recounts the story of the first Chechen War (1994-96). The bookthe first to be published in English about the conflictprovides an in-depth exploration of the historical events leading up to the Chechen struggle for independence, the Kremlin politics that precipitated it, and the conflict itself. The authors received the James Cameron Prize for Distinguished Reporting for their work.

Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War explores the Armenian-Azerbaijani dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, ignited nearly thirty years ago, and now one of the most dangerous unresolved conflicts in the wider Europe. The book has been translated into Armenian, Azeri, Russian, and Turkish, and remains the definitive account of the conflict and the modern history of Armenia and Azerbaijan. 

De Waal has authored numerous publications about the region, most recently, Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide (Oxford University Press, 2015). He also authored The Caucasus: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2010). He 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 has also worked for the BBC and for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, a London-based NGO.

For directions to Faculty House, click here. Garden Room 1 is located on the ground floor.