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Europe Politics

The European Union and future with the South Caucasus

The European Union (EU) has eyed the South Caucasus for the past two decades, and after the successful union expansion to parts of Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus could be next. The

Economics Europe

The Moldovan election: A quiet country at an important crossroads

Europe is full of loud stories, and yet beneath the noise there are first time democratic elections shifting the tide of East-West relations, like Moldova.

Europe Power Brokers

Georgia’s foreign minister Mikheil Janelidze: A diplomat with vision

Foreign Minister Janelidze has shown the diplomatic vision necessary for a country torn between promising ties with the West and an easily agitated Russia.

Europe Politics

South Ossetia and Abkhazia face heightened political risk

Political unrest in Abkhazia and the looming potential of a national referendum in South Ossetia increase the risk outlook for the two breakaway republics. However, the regions are likely to

Security South and Central Asia

Shifts in global terror pose threats to Caspian energy investment

With the emergence of new global terror trends, the potential for terror-based disruptions to the oil industry in Central Asia and the Caucuses is causing concern.

Europe Security

Georgia cozies up to Europe, what will Russia think?

The Georgia Association Agreement came into force this week and Georgia’s relationship with Europe became increasingly important. How will Russia react?

Europe Security

Mariupol and Debaltseve bring Russia closer to military endgame

In Ukraine, the latest rebel assault on the strategic transport hub of Mariupol signals the possibility of a full-scale invasion to secure the Crimean peninsula. Following last weekend’s offensive on

North America Politics

Midterm Series: Will independents determine US midterm elections?

The US 2014 will hold midterm congressional elections on November 4. Although the House of Representatives is essentially conceded to the Republican Party, the Senate is fiercely contested, and will likely end with

Economics Europe

Can vodka markets expose Russian influence?

The vodka market may be an indicator of economic trends in Russia and the former Soviet bloc countries. With Russia’s ongoing provocations in the country of Ukraine, questions have arisen as to

Politics South and Central Asia

Russia seeks to strengthen ties with Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia – the South Caucasus – continue to be an area of contention between the East and West. This area is of growing importance as the post-Soviet