This paper seeks to examine the role of media in coping with the actual and potential internal and external terrorist threats to the stability of the Caucasus. The fight against international terrorism is a major priority for the Caucasian states, domestic and regional instability provides a fertile ground for international terrorism which then adds to the region's instability. The development of independent media is important in fighting terrorism in the Caucasus because the media, by observing international standards, could inform the general public effectively so that terrorists could then be countered with an objective representation of events. In the absence of an independent mass media, terrorists could confuse the general public with their disinformation and subjective propaganda activities. The paper contains an analysis of the mass media's role in representing terrorist threats to the stability of the Caucasus by exploring the evolution of the Chechen problem in the Russian Federation in the post-Soviet era, and the escalation of the tensions between Russia and Georgia.
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