Nation Building: Exploring Unrecognized "Independent" Countries

January 23, 2012

By Conor Risch

© Narayan Mahon

Narayan Mahon was intrigued by the idea that countries, like Abkhazia shown above, could exist without recognition from the international community. To see more images from his "Lands in Limbo" project, click on the Photo Gallery link below.

Photographer Narayan Mahon traveled through Eastern Europe in 2005 as an undergraduate student. During the trip he visited Abkhazia, a small territory, formerly part of the Soviet Union, that was once a prosperous area favored as a vacation destination for Soviet leaders. Though many consider Abkhazia part of Georgia, since the early 1990s it has existed as an independent territory...

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