A much anticipated summit was held in Vilnius, Lithuania (Nov. 28-29), to prepare the eastern expansion of the European Union. The big prize was to bring Ukraine closer to Europe. At the same time, three other smaller countries, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia, were expected to sign association agreements with the EU.
Posted in Foreign Policy, Russia & Eurasia, Ukraine and Crimea
Tagged Armenia, East Europe, EU, European Union, Georgia, Moldova, NATO, Russian Customs Union, Ukraine
When the American public learned the identities of the Boston Marathon terrorists, a nation which had relegated Caucasus issues to obscurity was forced to turn to maps and remind itself of the location and significance of this large and turbulent region.
Posted in Foreign Policy, Russia & Eurasia
Tagged Annie Jafalian, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Black Sea, Boston Marathon terrorists, Caspian Sea, Caucasus, Christianity and Islam, EU Caucasus policy, Europe and Asia, European Union, Fariz Ismailzade, Glen E. Howard, Islamist ideology, Jamestown Foundation, NATO, Near Abroad, Russia and the Middle East, Russia's Gazprom, Russian invasion of Georgia, Russian South Stream, South Caucasus, Thomas DeWaal, Trans-Caucasus region, Wahhabi movement