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  • New Georgian Interior Minister Faces Multiple Challenges

    Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has promoted First Deputy Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri to succeed his former boss, Aleksandr Chikaidze, as minister. Chikaidze had submitted his resignation on January 23, citing as his reason for doing so allegations that he had protected from prosecution police special-purpose-unit officers who were involved in the shooting in Tbilisi in May 2006

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  • Northern Sea Route: A Game Changer for Russia?

    Throughout the twentieth century, we see the growing importance of oil to the growth of the global economy. In the unlikely event of the discovery of a major feasible alternative energy source, it will continue to be the most valuable commodity in the world. Countries that are born lucky with significant oil wealth or major

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  • Turkmenistan: What’s Behind Sudden Manat Devaluation?

    Turkmenistan rang in the New Year by dramatically devaluing its national currency, the manat, and introducing a steep levy on the price of petrol. The scale of the devaluation – comparable to the 19 percent devaluation of the tenge in Kazakhstan earlier in the year – comes as all Central Asian economies are feeling the

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  • What’s The EEU And What Are Its Chances?

    Five years ago, Moscow had every reason to feel secure about its neighborhood. Ally Kazakhstan was settling in as the first post-Soviet state to chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Belarus had acquiesced to new oil-supply terms from Russia. And all three countries had just joined forces in a new Common Economic

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  • The South Caucasus: Obama’s Russia ‘Reset’ And Putin’s Doctrine

    by Mahir Khalifazadeh, Ph.D,* ABSTRACT The article reviews the key priorities of President Obama’s ‘reset’ policy with Russia. The author analyzes the impact of the ‘reset’ policy on the South Caucasus. The region’s strategic importance is emphasized for U.S. policy towards the Great Middle East and the post-Soviet space. The author discusses the failure of

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  • Who is Eurasia? The Advent of Politics into Geography

    One of the very first things I have learned after starting the school was “Turkey is a bridge between Europe and Asia.” This metaphor of “bridge” has been one of the basic official mottos of the Turkish Republic to help its citizens feel closer or even part Europe -so the Western world. This motto did

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  • The Cracks in the Russia-China Tandem

    Discussions on energy security and its geostrategic ramifications continue to be topical for a wide range of states and business stakeholders. For many foreign policymakers, Eurasia, in the first decade of this century, has become the focal point for evolving and future geopolitical strategies. BY Assoc. Professor RICHARD ROUSSEAU | SEPTEMBER 19th, 2012 China, Russia

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  • Russia and its Energy Monopolies

    In 1990s, due to the lack of economic independence, Russia was not able to play an active role in international affairs. The country was highly dependent on donations from the United States and Europe. Oil production had dropped by 50% after the collapse of communism. As much as Russia was willing to repair the damages of

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  • My Dying Mother: Russia’s Depopulation Crisis and its Consequences

    Our dear Mother Russia is sick and dying. Power remains as centralized as ever, and the public is still unable to rely on this centrality for security and health benefits.  The inability of the Russian government to address the issues surrounding the health of its country has resulted in an unprecedented health crisis never seen

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  • Regional Energy Projects for Georgia – Turkey – Russia Relations

    In July 2011, Turkey hosted an international conference to discuss navigation security issues in the Bosphorus and Dardanelles Straits. Ankara has announced its intention of working with foreign oil companies to create a fund for protecting the Turkish Straits against accidents. BY ZURAB GARAKANIDZE | June 2012 The cost of this plan may exceed US$30 billion,

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  • Bacha Khan and Nonviolence: Hope for Peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    It was a historical day that Bacha Khan (1890 – 1988) was born in the strategic tall mountains of Pashtun land located on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Bacha Khan is also known as, Abdul Ghafar Khan, Fakhr-e-Afghan, non-violent Muslim soldier of Islam and a man to match his mountains. When Bacha Khan was

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  • India and Israel Strategic Partnership: Challenges and Opportunities

    Today’s strategic environment provides boundless space for  both the international and regional actors to understand, share and cooperate with each other in order to protect and secure their own national interest and maintain strategic stability within their own region. Every nation in the international affairs has its own strategic significance against another in terms of

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