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The U.S.S.R. Is Falling Apart Again

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

The NATO Alliance Trump Doesn't See

Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

Russia's Hybrid War

Maxim Trudolyubov, New York Times

The frozen conflicts tend to reignite when the external influences that keep the situation in balance realign. In Nagorno-Karabakh's case, the new enmity between Turkey and Russia ...(full article)

Georgia offers perhaps the clearest example of how the prospect of NATO membership and progress in consolidating democracy have been intertwined. In 2012, the pro-Western governmen...(full article)

South Ossetian troops and their Russian allies had worked through the night, sinking new border-marking poles across fields outside a hamlet called Tamarasheni in the golden hills ...(full article)

Almost anything Vladimir Putin touches these days is perceived by the West as a weapon, and almost everything he does is seen as an attack, very often a successful one. The Kremlin...(full article)

Although 2016 is increasingly likely to be a year of low energy prices, at least in the South Caucasus it will also mark a return to energy politics....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

China Courts the Caucasus - Emil Sanamyan, The Diplomat

China is far enough from the Caucasus not to be perceived by its states as a security concern in the foreseeable future. Instead, with plenty of threats evident to leaders of Armen...

The Georgian Setting Ukraine's Politics Ablaze - A. Karatnycky, For. Policy

Soon, however, Saakashvili began to test the limits of what could be attained in Odessa, and started to argue that his battle against corruption was being stymied by the central go...

Russia Influences NATO's Strange Choices - J. Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

NATO's open-door policy for admitting new members is inconsistent, selective, and influenced by Russia....

Georgian Democracy Put to the Test - Tedo Japaridze, National Interest

Georgia is heading towards legislative elections. Ideally, of course, political debates should be heated but not inflammatory. Elections are supposed to be about issues such as the...

South Caucasus: The Next Crisis You're Not Watching - Corboy, et al., NI

Paris and Syria share the headlines today, but worrying developments in the South Caucasus raise alarm bells about weak governance and the risk of war. The countries of the region&...

Fear and Loathing in Georgia - C. Johnson & N. Lortkipanidze, Ramen IR

What then is there to say about the state of Georgian politics? In the greater post-Soviet context, things look relatively good. Its currency is actually one of the most stable amo...

VIDEO: Russia's Creeping Occupation of Georgia - Vice

In July 2015, Russia-backed forces moved the boundary fence between Russian-occupied South Ossetia and Georgia — placing more Georgian territory under Russian control. Georgi...

Georgia is Waiting for Signal From the West - Tina Khidasheli, WSJ

Although the international community is rightly concentrating on the conflict in Syria, it’s important for Europe not to forget about matters of security closer to home. Russ...

Georgia Can Build Silk Road from Brighton to Beijing - Garibashvili, Tele.

Shortly before Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, made his state visit to the UK, Georgia was hosting the inaugural Tbilisi Silk Road Forum....

Can Ukraine be the New Georgia? - L. Todd Wood, RealClearWorld

KYIV, UKRAINE - Will what worked in Georgia work in Ukraine? It will if it is up to Davit Sakvarelidze, deputy prosecutor general of Ukraine and the chief prosecutor of the Bl...

NATO's Endless Caucasian Courtship - Michael Cecire, Foreign Policy

NATO’s hesitation is an especially tough pill to swallow considering Tbilisi’s enthusiastic integration with the alliance....

President of Georgia, PM of Ukraine? - Marc Champion, Bloomberg View

Poland and the Baltic States took the radical road in the 1990s, and were rewarded with European Union membership. When Georgia tried in the in the mid-2000s, geography, Russian ho...

Who's Afraid of NATO Enlargement? - Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe

Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine is forcing NATO to rethink the strategic benefits of further alliance enlargement....

Transcending Terror for One Day in Georgia - Charles Johnson, Ramen IR

Duisi is a town that gains proportionally more media attention than most isolated poor mountain villages in the Caucasus. The influx of refugees from the North, sometimes radicaliz...

West Ignores Georgian Borders at Its Peril - George Mchedlishvili, MT

Russia's advance into previously uncontested Georgian territory demonstrates that, despite its preoccupation with Ukraine, Moscow remains determined to derail Georgia's p...

Ukraine Gambles on a Georgian Politician - Josh Cohen, Moscow Times

Saakashvili is a polarizing figure. He is under criminal indictment in Georgia, accused of abusing his power and using excessive force against demonstrators during his tenure as Ge...

Can Georgia's Former Pres Rescue Ukraine? - L Bershidsky, Bloom-View

Just eight months ago, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili languished in Brooklyn, "plotting a triumphant return" to his homeland, according to the New York Times. As of ...

The EU's Cynical Dismissals of Eastern Hopes - L. Bershidsky, Bloom-View

After two days, the Eastern Partnership summit that ended in Riga on Friday yielded a 13-page declaration and one insight: The European Union doesn't have much to offer to the six ...

China Is a Big New Player in the Caucasus - Michael Cecire, The Diplomat

There is perhaps no less comfortable place for a struggling democracy than the blurry space between the hardening frontiers of the liberal democratic West and an increasingly expan...

China's Growing Presence in Georgia - Michael Cecire, The Diplomat

There is perhaps no less comfortable place for a struggling democracy than the blurry space between the hardening frontiers of the liberal democratic West and an increasingly expan...

Russia Quietly Annexes South Ossetia - Maia Otarashvili, FPRI

Russia and South Ossetia have ironed out final details of a “Treaty of Alliance and Integration.” The treaty was drafted in December 2014 and on January 31, 2015 Georgi...

Russia Looking to Grab Georgian Territories - Dan Peleschuk, GP

As the world watches Moscow-backed separatists win control of more land in Ukraine, critics fear Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly grasping for new territory elsewhere....

A False Choice Between Force and weak Diplomacy - Will Marshall, The Hill

Thanks to determined diplomacy by Germany and France, Russia agreed Wednesday to a new cease-fire in Ukraine, to begin Sunday. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel was anything but ...

Putin Wants to Push His Luck in Ukraine - N. Gvosdev, National Interest

Ever since last summer, the Russian goal has been to force the Ukrainian authorities in Kyiv (and by extension, the European Union) to accept the reality of two "secessionist" enti...

Russia Expands Its Periphery Treaty by Treaty - R. Standish, Foreign Policy

Russia has many ways to influence events in countries on its periphery, both subtle and not. In Ukraine, that influence-peddling has taken the form of outright warfare. In Georgia,...

Russia Alienates Its Would-Be Friends - Yulia Zhuchkova, Moscow Times

Russian politicians constantly claim that the former Soviet republics are a foreign policy priority. Moscow devotes considerable attention and spends huge sums of money maintaining...

Turkey Helping Russia Instead of NATO - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Long before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea, there was Russia’s invasion of Georgia. And, just as it was years later in Ukraine, part of the Russian ...

The West's Grave Strategic Error - Charles Doran & Jakub Grygiel, TNI

Sanctions may push Russia to challenge the current status-quo....

Russia Squanders Its Soft Power - Joseph Nye, Project Syndicate

The problem for Russia is that it already has very little soft power with which to work. Indeed, as the political analyst Sergei Karaganov noted in 2009, Russia’s lack of sof...

How War Can Come to Europe - Stephen Szabo, German Marshall Fund

A weaker economy and the threat of Islamic State may limit some tools available to Russia, but are unlikely to alter Moscow’s overall view and strategy in Syria....

Why Did Putin Turn? - Harold James, Project Syndicate

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy toward his country’s “near abroad” and the West has been badly misunderstood. Instead of focusing on broader geopo...

Russia's Emerging anti-Color Revolution Doctrine - R. McDermott, EDM

As the top brass presenters during the Moscow Security Conference in May 2014 consistently stressed, “color revolution” may be perceived as a potential threat to the Ru...

A Legacy of Fear Stunts the post-Soviet World - D. Brooks, New York Times

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the biggest surprise is how badly most of the post-communist nations have done since. There was a general expectation back then...

The Myth of Russian Humiliation - Anne Applebaum, Washington Post

For the record: No treaties prohibiting NATO expansion were ever signed with Russia. No promises were broken. Nor did the impetus for NATO expansion come from a “triumphalist” ...

ISIS Is Putin's Problem, Too - Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast

Abu Omar also is a figure whose history on the battlefield extends into the rebellious Russian province of neighboring Chechnya, where his mother had her roots. And even as he pl...

NATO Makes America Less Secure - Doug Bandow, National Interest

Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization met in Wales in the shadow of the Ukraine war. Alliance advocates hoped to use the conflict to revive NATO, but responded, as usua...

The Small Cuts to U.S. Clout - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

So many international crises are hammering the Obama administration this summer — Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan — that smaller but still significant bl...

Georgia's Fifth Column Stirs - Michael Cecire, The American Interest

As the U.S. and Europe struggle to respond to Russian aggression in Ukraine, Moscow hopes to export its Orthodox-Nationalist ideology to Georgia—just as public cynicism towar...

The Bear in the Woods - William Saletan, Slate

A month after seizing and annexing Crimea—and with thousands of troops still massed on its border with Ukraine—Russia says it’s being unfairly portrayed as a menace....

Checking Putin's Eurasian Ambitions - Svante Cornell, Wall Street Journal

Georgia and Azerbaijan can deny Moscow access to the Caspian Sea and Central Asia. But they need U.S. support....

War Is Coming - Mikheil Saakashvili, Foreign Policy

In early March, the Russian Federation, after staging a referendum under Kalashnikovs in Crimea, proceeded to annex the region and laid the groundwork -- according to Moscow -- fo...

The Consequences of Russia's Anti-Westernism - Anne Applebaum, WaPo

Whether we like it or not, foreign policy choices increasingly have domestic consequences in the ­post-Soviet world. An alignment with Russia can bring Russian-style corruption an...

Obama Betrays Georgia - Will Cathcart, Daily Beast

When President Barack Obama delivered the message in Brussels Wednesday that neither Ukraine nor Georgia “are currently on a path to NATO membership” the news came as a...

Ukraine 'Tripwire' Could Backfire on NATO - James Kitfield, Bloomberg

Human tripwires can be a useful deterrent. But only if the stakes are high on all sides, the red line being defended is clear, and the commitment to act is firm. There is such a cl...

Let Georgia Be a Lesson for Ukraine - Mikheil Saakashvili, The Guardian

Crimeans vote tomorrow in an illegal "referendum" which will lock them into Russia's embrace. After this vote, and the takeover by Russian troops of the southern Ukraine peni...

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