By Svante E. Cornell, S. Frederick Starr, and Mamuka Tsereteli
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The South Caucasus is key to Western efforts to shape intersection between Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East, and to Western commercial and strategic access to and from the heart of the Eurasian continent. Yet far from developing, Western influence in the region is at an all-time low. As Western influence has declined, and partly as a consequence of it, the region’s development has stagnated. This situation is the result of a lack of strategic vision in the West and to a series of tactical errors. This paper analyzes the shortcomigns of western policies, and offers proposals for a new Western approach to the region.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015, from 5 to 7 PM - Click for Video
President Putin of Russia frequently claims that Kosovo created a precedent, allowing Russian military intervention in separatist areas of the former Soviet Union, recognition of Abkhazian and South Ossetian independence, and annexation of Crimea.
Is Putin justified in this claim? If yes, does this change the way we view the situation today? And if not, what can be done about it? Our forum will address these questions in the context of the Caucasus, Central Asia, and relevant parts of eastern Europe.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS.
The sacking of Georgia’s pro-West Defense Minister and the resignation of its Foreign Minister has thrown the government into disarray and called into question the country’s Euro-Atlantic orientation.
Bringing together a group of leading American and European experts, this is the first book-length study of Russian President Vladimir Putin's effort to create a Eurasian Union. The book indicates the ideological origins and character of this project; focusing not only on Putin's strategic objectives but the tactics he employs to achieve them.