Caucasus & Eastern Europe
The countries of the EU’s Eastern Partnership are key areas to European security. The three states of the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and three countries sandwiched between the EU and Russia (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine) have now been independent for 25 years, and display a wide variety of economic and political systems as well as foreign policy choices. The region lacks credible security arrangements, and is the subject of a growing geopolitical rivalry between the West and Russia. Four of the states – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, have unresolved territorial conflicts on their territory, which form some of the leading challenges to European security.
ISDP’s activities in the Caucasus and Eastern Europe focuses on research and analysis on the political development and regional security in the region, in particular unresolved conflicts, relations with the EU and U.S., as well as Russian foreign policy in the region. Work on the Caucasus region is conducted within the framework of the Joint Center with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute in Washington, D.C., including publication of the biweekly Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a leading sources of analysis on regional developments. ISDP’s Transnational Threats initiative also conducts research on organized crime in Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea region.
Strong and Unique: Three Decades of U.S.-Kazakhstan Partnership
Strong and Unique: Three Decades of U.S.-Kazakhstan Partnership, offers an insight-filled account of the evolution of the relationship between the United States and Kazakhstan. Given the U.S.’ interest in nuclear […]
Russia and the CIS in 2019: Relying on the Chinese Way
ABSTRACT The paper examines the relationship between Russia and the other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, including how Moscow’s responses to changing geopolitical dynamics framed these relations in […]
“Ett nytt kallt krig pågår – minst lika farligt”
För många läsare har säkert minnet av det kalla kriget bleknat medan andra är för unga för att ha upplevt det. Den existentiella frågan om kärnvapenkrig har fallit i skymundan och […]
“Det centrala glöms bort i hatet mot Trump och Putin”
Med helt nya kärnvapensystem, brutna nedrustningsavtal och diplomatiska förbindelser och två pågående proxykrig är säkerhetsläget mellan USA och Ryssland sämre än på mycket länge. Vi är nere på kallaste krigsnivå. Men […]
The Long Game on the Silk Road: U.S. and EU Strategy for Central Asia and the Caucasus
This book argues that American and European policies toward Central Asia and the Caucasus suffer from both conceptual and structural impediments. It traces the framework of Western policies to the […]
Russian Hybrid Tactics in Georgia
Since its independence in 1991, Georgia is the country in the former USSR that has been most frequently and harshly subjected to Russian hybrid tactics – a practice that gained […]