Caucasus - Central Asia

Attacks in Chechnya Suggest Opposition to Kadyrov is Far from Eradicated

Kadyrov

 


By Emil Souleimanov
At the turn of 2016 and 2017, events took place in parts of Chechnya that again challenged the triumphant statements of local pro-Moscow and federal authorities that the jihadist-inspired insurgency in this North Caucasian republic was eradicated.

Russian intervention in Syria and the Caucasus

Russian intervention

 The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst

Few people think about trends in the Caucasus with reference to or in the context of Russia’s Syrian intervention. But Moscow does not make this mistake. From the beginning, Moscow has highlighted its access to the Caucasus through overflight rights and deployment of its forces in regard to Syria, e.g. sending Kalibr cruise missiles from ships stationed in the Caspian Sea to bomb Syria. Therefore we should emulate Russia’s example and seriously assess military trends in the Caucasus in that Syrian context.

Instability Grows in Central Asia

Turkey-Georgia to keep good relations under Margvelashvili presidency

Turkey, Georgia to keep good relations under Margvelashvili presidency

Georgian President-elect Georgy Margvelashvili (R) and Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili attend a news conference in Tbilisi on Monday. (Photo: Reuters)

Irem Karakaya

The presidential elections held on Sunday in Georgia, a neighboring country to the northeast of Turkey, will make barely any change to the country's relations with Turkey, as the two already enjoy positive relations that are unlikely to be affected by such political changes, experts say.

Central Asia: An Opportunity for the Trump Administration

Kerry Nazarbayev


By Stephen Blank

the CACI Analyst

Central Asia has never ranked high on U.S. priorities. That is unlikely to change under the Trump Administration. Yet recent developments in Central Asia, particularly in Uzbekistan, do offer an opportunity to advance U.S. interests through a greater economic-political presence in the region, whilst also countering growing Chinese economic dominance and Russian efforts at military hegemony at a relatively low cost. The two key countries in this possible opportunity for the U.S. are Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Real friends? Georgia-Turkey relations in the wake of the July 15 coup attempt

 Kvirikashvili-Erdogan

By Boris Ajeganov

The CACI Analyst

Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili became the first foreign head of state to visit Turkey after the failed coup attempt by parts of the Turkish military in the evening of Friday, July 15. Kvirikashvili met with his counterpart, PM Binali Yildirim, and President Erdoğan in Ankara on July 19 as part of an inaugural meeting of the High Level Georgia-Turkey Strategic Cooperation Council.

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