Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Caucasus Region at the Geopolitical and Security Crossroads
Sergey Markedonov, visiting fellow in the Center for Strategic and International Studies Russia and Eurasia Program
The first lecture of the "Connecting with the Caucasus" speaker series
presented by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies
Sergey Markedonov focused on the transformation of the Caucasus region from periphery to one of the focal points of the Eurasian, European and Transatlantic security. His presentation examined the role of various states (USA, Turkey and Iran), the integration communities (European Union), and international organizations (OSCE, NATO and UN) since the USSR dissolution. Special attention was paid to Russia’s position and its desire for the keeping of an exclusive role in the Caucasus geopolitics.
The talk stressed the new status quo shaped by the August War of 2008, including the political agenda for South Ossetia and Abkhazia, new Western strategies on engagement/non-recognition, the impact of the war on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution, and the Turkish-Armenian rapprochement.