Toward a Crimea Scenario? Russia’s Annexation Policies in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and Their Implications
Since independence, the conflicts over the secessionist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have constituted troublesome challenges to Georgia’s sovereign interests. Tbilisi’s lack of control of 20 percent of its territory has not only compromised Georgia’s national identity, it has also delayed important state-building processes. Moreover, Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008 and its subsequent recognition of the two regions as independent states led to the belated realization that the secessionist conflicts are not merely domestic issues but belong to a larger conflict between Russia and Georgia.
Promise And Peril In The Caucasus
America’s national security bureaucracy separates the Caucasus and the Middle East into different bureaus, with Central Asia in yet another office. This is part of the reason the U.S. has […]
Turkey’s Problem Isn’t Sweden. It’s the United States.
The issue isn’t what Sweden says or does but what the United States does or fails to do on the ground in Syria that matters for Turkey’s national security interests. […]
TURKISH QUAGMIRE: WHY TURKEY BLOCKS SWEDEN’S NATO ACCESSION
Turkey was bound to have issues with Sweden and its pro-Kurdish stance, and singled out Sweden because of its longstanding commitment to Kurdish aspirations. However, it is the continued US […]
Political and Economic Reforms in Kazakhstan Under President Tokayev
Executive Summary Kazakhstan’s leaders have long harbored ambitious visions for their country’s future. The country’s first President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, launched several far-reaching goals for the country’s development, most notably in […]
Kazakhstan’s Role in International Mediation under First President Nursultan Nazarbayev
Executive Summary In the past decade, Kazakhstan has emerged as an important player in the world of mediation of international disputes. Its role in convening the Astana talks on Syria […]
War in Ukraine: Between Solution Finding and Global Bloc Building
Executive Summary • The geopolitical landscape surrounding the war in Ukraine and the various proposed solutions to end the conflict are complex. • The war has impacted global power relationships […]