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Majlis Podcast: Unpacking Lavrov's Claim About A Caspian Settlement


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting of foreign ministers from the Caspian Sea littoral states in Moscow on December 5.

On this week's Majlis podcast, we look at Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s remarks about an agreement on the legal status of the Caspian Sea finally being close after more than 20 years of talks.

Lavrov was short on details, so we explored what sort of changes and accommodations might be behind such a breakthrough, if indeed there has been a breakthrough.

Muhammad Tahir, RFE/RL's media relations manager, moderated the discussion.

This week, due to some unexpected difficulties, we had only one guest, but what a guest!

Joining us from Washington, D.C., is the former U.S. ambassador to Kazakhstan, William Courtney, who is now an adjunct senior fellow at the RAND Corporation. His comments about the possibility of China inadvertently playing a role in Caspian politics are well worth hearing.

I’ve read a thing or two about the Caspian Sea situation over the years, so I had a few things to say, too.

Listen to the podcast above or subscribe to the Majlis on iTunes.

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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