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The relentless rise of
Iran is also making itself felt in the South Caucasus, a region ridden by
border conflicts and great-power rivalry. The inroad is Azerbaijan. The small
but oil-rich Caspian Sea state with a border issue with a neighbor is being
intensely courted by Tehran and Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. Israel, too,
cultivates its relations with Baku. Russia’s traditional policy in its backyard
– divide and rule, and sell weapons to all – may backfire under such
Professor Stefan Hedlund
to sell modern U.S. anti-tank missiles to Kiev means that a red line in the
West’s involvement in the Ukrainian crisis has been crossed. Whether the delivery
of this expensive weapon system to the embattled nation serves U.S. national
security interests or brings Kiev closer to reclaiming the territories it had lost
to Moscow-backed insurgents is highly debatable.
While Russia focuses on its geopolitical objectives
in Central Asia, China’s primarily interest is in the region’s mineral and
energy resources. As recipients of Chinese investments and development aid, the
five Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan
and Uzbekistan – are seeking to leverage the two powers’ competition for their
While the risk of a U.S.-North Korean conflict is still considered low, brinkmanship is already causing considerable collateral damage to the triangular relationship between the three great powers – the U.S., China and Russia – that was a defining feature of the Cold War.
Turkey is a regional power, a direct neighbor of
Middle Eastern states and their historic trading and political partner. The
West continues to ignore its national interests only at the risk of its own
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Warfare has entered a stage where the parties engaged are no longer
easily recognizable as states. Some security experts have even gone so far as
to say that the era of war between states has come to an end and that this is a
good thing. The latter is a very dubious claim.