Projects in Caucasus
Azerbaijan gained its independence when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Presently, the country is ruled by an authoritarian president with dynastic ambitions. The Rule of law is fundamentally flawed. Oppositional politicians are frequently being subjected to violence, torture and wanton arrests.
Georgia was one of the small nations on the fringe of the USSR that secceded from the union in the early 90s and is part of the group of countries called the transition democracies. Presently, Georgia is in a delicate phase of reconstruction and it is developing in the direction of increasing stability and growing wealth.