Caucasus

What Next for Russia’s Front-Line States?

Author: Mr Keir Giles Russia’s annexation of Crimea and intervention in Eastern Ukraine in 2014, alarmed not only Western-leaning states in Central Europe and the Baltic but also Moscow’s traditional allies. These events signaled that Moscow is now willing and capable of using direct military force against perceived strategic threats in its self-proclaimed region of …

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Russia and the Caspian Sea: Projecting Power or Competing for Influence?

Author: Dr Tracey German This monograph examines Russia’s policy toward the Caspian Sea region as Moscow attempts to counterbalance growing American involvement within what it perceives to be its zone of privileged interest. It focuses on the recent expansion of the Caspian Flotilla and the rationale behind it. Moscow has sought to counterbalance the growing …

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Challenges and Options in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Author: Dr Pavel K Baev In April 1997, the U.S. Army War College held its Eighth Annual Strategy Conference. This year’s topic was “Russia’s Future as a World Power.” Dr. Pavel K. Baev, a senior researcher at the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Norway, discusses the disintegration of order along Russia’s southern border. Following …

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Russia’s Invasion of Chechnya: A Preliminary Assessment

Author: Dr Stephen J Blank, Dr Earl H Tilford Jr On December 11, 1994, Russia invaded the secessionist republic of Chechnya in the North Caucasus. The aim was to suppress the republic’s government, led by General Dzhokar Dudayev, compel it to accept Moscow’s authority, and to force it to renounce its bid for independence and …

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