The Black Sea is located at a geo-strategic intersection between Europe and the oil-rich Middle East and between NATO and the Russian Federation. The annexation of Crimea by Russia and the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine add new significance to this disputed body of water. The issue of the Black Sea and the current Russo-Ukrainian conflict were discussed amply by the NATO leaders at their recent meetings.
Posted in Foreign Policy, Middle East-North Africa, News and Analysis, Ukraine and Crimea
Tagged Black Sea, Black Sea Economic Cooperation, Caspian Basin, Crimea, NATO, President Vladimir Putin, Tartus Syria, Vice-Admiral Alexander Vitko
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