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Majlis Podcast: The Caspian Sea Agreement -- What's Next?


Iranian President Hassan Rohani (left), Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (third from left), Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev (center), Russian President Vladimir Putin (second from right), and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (right) at the Caspian Sea summit in Aqtau earlier this month.

It's been a week since the presidents of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan met in the Kazakh city of Aqtau and signed the Convention On The Legal Status Of The Caspian Sea.

This agreement should have ended any disputes about use of the Caspian and its resources, but it did not.

So, in this latest Majlis podcast, RFE/RL's media-relations manager, Muhammad Tahir, moderated a discussion on what the agreement said and some of the points of the agreement that are still being debated.

Participating in the discussion from Ottawa, Canada, was Robert Cutler, a senior research fellow at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University. Giorgi Vashakhmadze, the Georgian prime minister's adviser for the East-West energy corridor, also took part from Tbilisi. And joining us from Washington D.C. was Zachary Witlin, who specializes in the political economy and geopolitics of Eurasia at the Eurasia Group. Since I was just in Aqtau for the Caspian summit, I had a few things to say as well.

The Caspian Sea Agreement: What Next?
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About This Blog

Qishloq Ovozi is a blog by RFE/RL Central Asia specialist Bruce Pannier that aims to look at the events that are shaping Central Asia and its respective countries, connect some of the dots to shed light on why those processes are occurring, and identify the agents of change. Content will draw on the extensive knowledge and contacts of RFE/RL's Central Asian services but also allow scholars in the West, particularly younger scholars who will be tomorrow’s experts on the region, opportunities to share their views on the evolving situation at this Eurasian crossroad. The name means "Village Voice" in Uzbek. But don't be fooled, Qishloq Ovozi is about all of Central Asia.

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