Caucasus - Central Asia

The Caspian States in Russia's Military Bind

The Caspian States in Russia's Military Bind

By Evan Gottesman

Moscow’s broader international military engagements might worry its Caspian neighbors.
Russia’s intervention in the Syrian Civil War is leaving the former Soviet republics on the Caspian Sea littoral in an uncomfortable place. Caught between their historic relationships with Moscow and concerns for their own security, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan are clearly in an unenviable political position. Moreover, unprecedented Russian military action risks destabilizing otherwise steady diplomatic ties.

A Tangled Web: Russia, Turkey and Central Asia

 A Tangled Web: Russia, Turkey and Central Asia

By Catherine Putz

Moscow’s displeasure with Ankara is trickling into Central Asia, but to varying degrees in each capital.
Turkey has long been a second-tier power in Central Asia. The recent tensions between Russia and Turkey do put the region in an awkward spot, but Turkish-Central Asian dealings have never had the high profile of Russian or Chinese regional engagement. The Russia-Turkey tension will trickle into Central Asia — and already has — but will be exhibited in different ways in each state.


What does the friction between Russia and Turkey mean for Armenia?

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Central Asia Caucasus Analyst, Eduard Abrahamyan
The Turkish Air force’s downing of a Russian Su-24 warplane on November 24, has deteriorated relations between the two states, already tense after Russia’s increasing military engagement in the Syrian conflict. The incident represented the first direct clash between Moscow’s and Ankara’s interests in the Middle East and could potentially extend the geography of the enduring standoff between Russia and the West.

Azerbaijan's and Armenia's presidents discuss gas trade in Tbilisi

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Central Asia Caucasus Analyst, Mina Muradova
In recent weeks, a political controversy has emerged in Tbilisi over the Georgian government’s negotiations with Gazprom over a return of the Russian natural gas giant to the Georgian market. Georgian officials insist there is no intention to replace gas imports from Georgia’s main supplier Azerbaijan with Russian gas, but Georgia’s own experience of dependency on Gazprom makes the issue highly controversial.

Water War in Central Asia: the Water Dilemma of Turkmenistan

Geopolitical Monitor, Ramon Collado

Central Asian countries developed their standard for water and electricity exchange under stringent Soviet resource-allocation policies. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, these states continued to share the major water resources available in the region—the Amu Darya-Syr Darya Rivers, the Aral Sea.

A new boost for the Southern Corridor?

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Central Asia Caucasus Analyst, Stephen Blank
In early October Frontera Corporation announced that it had discovered 3.8 trillion cubic meters (TCM) of gas in Georgia’s Kakheti region. Although the discovery needs to be confirmed and the precise amount of gas determined; this discovery has major potential benefits of both an economic and geopolitical nature for Georgia, Azerbaijan and Europe.

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