Caucasus - Central Asia

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

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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.

The ‘unsolvable’ Afghan conundrum

By Salman Rafi 
The Afghan government is heavily dependent on the US military and economic assistance for its survival and provoking the Taliban by projecting them as foreign enemies is President Ashraf Ghani’s strategy to extend the war and perpetuate his rule.

The Tashkent summit and the expanded SCO

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Central Asia Caucasus Analyst, Farkhod Tolipov
50 years ago, Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent hosted a summit ending the India-Pakistan war of 1965, resulting in the Tashkent Declaration. It was, so to speak, a Soviet “Camp David” aimed at bringing two antagonists – India and Pakistan – to peace. The SCO summit of June 2016 was, symbolically speaking, a second – multilateral – platform created in the same place, Tashkent, for the same two states to restore peace. Yet this summit did not appear to be a second Tashkent “Camp David,” but rather a challenge for the SCO itself.

Azerbaijan signs protocol allowing Turkey to establish military base

ANADOLU AGENCY, BAKU
Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev signed a verdict Wednesday to approve the protocol that the Turkish military has been allocated to manage buildings and structures in the country's military town.

Russian anti-ISIS war from Syria to Caucasus


DEBKAfile Exclusive Report

In a supreme effort to prevent ISIS suicide units from reaching Russia from Syria, Sergei Shoigu, Russia's
Defense Minister, has promoted the Russian commander in Syria, Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov. to an expanded command as head of the South Russia military district.

Turkey's Islamists, nationalists both silent on Israeli weapons flow to Azerbaijan


Author Pinar Tremblay

In early April, as renewed fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region made headlines in Turkey, there was little talk of the crucial role of Israeli weapons in the clashes. Only the daily Hurriyet reported on Azerbaijan's use of the Israeli Harop armed drone, which generated Armenian protests.

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