Cultural Anthropology's contribution to studies of the Caucasus represent the emergent nature of understandings with regard to this region. Situated betwixt larger sovereign regions and entities—Russia in the North, Turkey in the South and West, and the greater Near East to the Southeast—the Caucasus has been the subject of imaginary tales, speculation, and shifting alliances. It is in fact a diverse area, split by various peoples, issues, and interests.
In the latest issue of Cultural Anthropology (May 2007), Paul Manning revisits student protests in the Democratic Republic of Georgia to explore how shifts in state formations, particularly in postsocialist contexts, are tied to shifts in representational formations. His essay is titled "Rose Colored Glasses? Color Revolutions and Cartoon Chaos in Postsocialist Georgia."