Thursday 4 September 2008
September 03, 2008
Global Impact Of Russia's Aggression
In the immediate aftermath of the Russian military intervention in Georgia, most diplomats focused on what might be done to resolve, or at least minimize, the international fallout. Most commentators focused on the ways in which this one event might herald a new Cold War. But already, those two groups are paying less attention to these scenarios and instead are considering the ways in which the Georgian events are having an impact on an increasingly large number of more general issues around the
September 02, 2008
Coalition Of The Weak 'Chickens Out'
With the exception of Ukraine and the Baltic states, none of the republics of the former Soviet Union has vigorously protested Russia's recent aggression in Georgia and its subsequent recognition of the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Their silence indicates that Russia is surrounded by weak states whose governments are the products of personal alliances, rigged elections, and political coercion, and therefore lack popular legitimacy.
September 01, 2008
Moscow Presses Turkey
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is scheduled to arrive in Ankara to discuss the presence of U.S. warships in the Black Sea, as well as Turkey's proposed Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Pact. Like many EU states, Turkey cannot afford to annoy Moscow and will look to advance dialogue in the Caucasus, while the Kremlin seeks a free hand in the region.
August 29, 2008
Caucasus Diary: Lurching From Crisis To Crisis
Arriving in Yerevan is a little like arriving in Las Vegas. The terrain, yellow desert and scrubs, is similar to Nevada, and the road from the airport is banked by neon-lit casinos. There is even a smaller version of the Las Vegas cowboy sign whose swinging arm directs gamblers to a particular casino.
August 11, 2008
Former Soviet Sphere Shocked Into Silence By Ossetia Conflict
CIS countries face a difficult choice in formulating their response to the Russian-Georgian conflict. All were incorporated into the Soviet Union or Tsarist empire without any clear consent from the titular nationalities and many were glad to become independent in 1991, yet all are still bound to Russia for reasons of trade or security.
August 07, 2008
Dealing With Post-Soviet Petrostates
With oil and gas prices at stratospheric highs, the post-Soviet petrostates are the new supermen of the international arena. RFE/RL's Daniel Kimmage argues that the "transitional" paradigm is outdated and the West should look for new ways to promote democracy and harmonious relations.
August 05, 2008
Former Armenian President Calls On Rival To Resign
On March 1, police and security forces in Yerevan resorted to violence to disperse thousands of supporters of former President Levon Ter-Petrossian who had taken to the streets to protest the official results of the February 19 presidential ballot that gave then-Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian the presidency.