Dear colleagues and friends!
This is to welcome you to the fourth issue of our DESCnet newsletter.
As you can see by its souze, our network keeps growing in numbers and extent of topics covered, whic is also expressed in the current issue.
The most important issue in 2016 was the establishment of the “Association of European Studies for the Caucasus” (AESC) in Tbilisi with Thomas Kruessmann (Tartu University) as acting president and Gaga Gabrichidze (New Vision University) and myself, Oliver Reisner (Ilia State University) as initial board members. We are now very much looking forward to the first convention of “our” AESC at Yeditepe University in Istanbul in April to become fully operational.