CASCADE is an international EU-funded research project led by the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. CASCADE was selected under the EU FP7 call for proposal “Security and democracy in the neighbourhood: The case of the Caucasus”.
The project brings together 9 research centres and institutes from across the EU, Russia and the Caucasus: Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham (United Kingdom); FRIDE (Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior, Spain); Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI, Sweden); Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany); Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russian Federation); Centre for National and International Studies (CNIS, Azerbaidjan); Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS, Georgia) and International Centre for Human Development (ICHD, Armenia).
Its diversity in geographical and institutional backgrounds makes the CASCADE consortium well placed to identify from the very beginning of the project key European and Caucasian institutions and individuals that play an active role in researching political, economic, security and social developments in the Caucasus region. We strongly believe that this first FP7 project focusing exclusively on the Caucasus should result in a broader network that is built to last far beyond the project’s timeline.
The basic idea of the network is to create a knowledge hub where policy-oriented research meets academic research. Network experts will also be invited to post their own publications on the CASCADE web site.