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When Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in November, the ensuing conflict between the two countries had ripple effects in the South Caucasus and beyond. Turkey made a strong statement of its readiness to defend its interests in a turbulent neighborhood, reinforcing its status as a regional power to be reckoned with. Reactions to the incident on both sides plainly ...
The election of Georgia’s new president has created internal political tensions which could have a marked effect on the country’s slow march to democracy. The former-Soviet state has reached a tipping point which could see it continue on track to sign a far-ranging political and trade deal with the European Union or, should it backslide, Georgia might have little c...
Azerbaijan is using its pivotal location and its energy wealth to maintain a stance of independence while pursuing its own regional objectives and minimising foreign intervention in its domestic policies. A central pillar of the country’s policy has been to limit Moscow’s ability to influence its vital gas and oil export routes. This stance is one of many that refl...
Georgian wine, a vital export earner for the former Soviet republic, was banned by Russia in 2006 as tension built towards the brief war between the countries two years later. Since the election of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream coalition in October 2012, relations between Moscow and Tbilisi have thawed. Soon the wine may be flowing again, but ...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
As Georgia’s opposition party – Georgian Dream - celebrates victory in the country’s parliamentary elections, the international community will be watching and waiting with interest - and concern - as prime minister-in-waiting Bidzina Ivanishvili – described by the ruling party United National Movement as a Russian stooge – prepares to lead his six-party coalition a...