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The Biden presidency and its impact on the Western Balkans
The change in leadership in the U.S. could have a significant impact on the Western Balkans. After President Barack Obama’s hands-off approach and the Trump administration’s preference for unilateralism, the Biden White House has signaled it plans to be more engaged in European affairs. That policy could give new life ...
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 ...
The Kremlin’s Chechen factor
The latest violent chapter in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh has rebalanced geopolitical realities in the South Caucasus. Turkey has made significant progress in expanding its role there. Even more disturbingly for the Kremlin, the 2020 war has been associated with a surge in radical political Islam that threatens to spill ...
Iran’s choices in the Caucasus
The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, recently halted by a Russia-backed cease-fire, exposed a new balance of foreign interests in the region. Iran has faced a difficult choice: whether to back a Shia Muslim Azerbaijan that is also receiving support from Israel and Turkey. The prospect of Israeli access to Iran’s northern ...
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