Russia And Central Asia
This area covers most of the north Eurasian landmass, excluding territories commonly regarded as belonging to Europe. The core of this region is Russia, which has exerted a strong influence for centuries. The Soviet Union’s collapse allowed several new states to emerge. Other parts of this region are the Caspian basin, Central Asia and Mongolia.
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New realities in the South Caucasus
The recent fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh has changed the power balance in the South Caucasus. On one hand, the West has failed to play any role in settling the conflict, and on the other Turkey and Russia have solidified their influence in the region. However, many different scenarios could come to pass depending on how regional actors collaborate with one another.