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Turkey to Seek Larger Role in the Black Sea and the South Caucasus

By Emil Avdaliani – Tbilisi 

As Turkey-Russia disagreements intensify in northern Syria, another theater – the Black Sea and the South Caucasus – is starting to play a bigger role in Turkey’s thinking in the coming years. Ankara is likely to increase its military and economic cooperation with Georgia and Lire la suite

South Caucasus’ Role will be overshadowed by the US-Russia Competition Elsewhere in Eurasia

by Emil Avdaliani – Tbilisi

Recent geopolitical developments in Eurasia indicate that the South Caucasus’ relative importance could be overshadowed by West-Russia competition over Belarus, Ukraine and Central Asia. This trend was quite visible during Mike Pompeo’s visit to Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan which laid out the US administration’s Lire la suite

Political and Economic interests of Japan in South Caucasus: Perspectives of Cooperation

By Emil Avdaliani – Tbilisi

Though Japan was among the first to recognize the independence of three South Caucasus states, relations with Tbilisi, Yerevan and Baku remained limited in the 1990s. It is only in the 2010s that we saw an increased effort from Tokyo to build deeper economic cooperation. Lire la suite

Russia’s Changing Economic Attitude towards Abkhazia & Tskhinvali Regions

By Emil Avdaliani – Tbilisi 

Looking at the arc of separatist states on the Russian borders, there have recently been interesting developments which might signal a new approach in Moscow’s policies.

Ukraine’s Lugansk and Donetsk, Georgia’s Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions, Moldova’s Transdnistria region – all these territories were helped and Lire la suite

Iran’s Middle East Strategy

By Emil Avdaliani – Tbilisi


A look at the map of the Middle East reveals three major geographic regions: the Anatolian Peninsula (Turkey), the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia) and the Iranian Plateau (Iran).

All three regions are partially protected by seas, deserts and mountain ranges. All three represent major Lire la suite

Eurasian Economic Union Might Expand

By Emil Avdaliani

As the strained Russia-EU relations somewhat softened recently, and a rising cooperation is being seen over questions such as Ukraine and Moldova, Russia is on the economic offensive throughout the former Soviet space.

Valentina Matviyenko, a high ranking Russian official, announced recently that Uzbekistan had already decided Lire la suite

Les touristes chinois en Extrême-Orient russe

By Jasmin Gut – Genève

Dans le recueil Rediscovering Russia in Asia de 1995, Pavel Minakir, alors directeur de l’Institut économique à Khabarovsk1, énumère sept points qui devraient à son avis mener vers un meilleur développement économique de l’Extrême-Orient russe. Il recommande la modernisation des industries soviétiques, ainsi Lire la suite

Bakou, d’un vestige soviétique à un hub compétitif, l’action publique étatique au cœur de l’innovation.

By Edouard Pontoizeau – Montreal

Le port de Bakou a été construit en 1902 à l’époque du Tsar Nicolas II. Il a depuis été le port le plus grand et le plus fréquenté de la mer Caspienne. Il a joué un rôle important de transit entre l’Asie et l’Europe pendant Lire la suite

Debate : Does Russia have a viable strategy to become an independent pole in Eurasia ?

I was asked by Gilbert F. Rozman to debate (using Asan Forum on-line articles) with Alexander Lukin whether Russia has a viable strategy to become an independent pole in Eurasia.

My contribution — The Negative Scenario – is here


Alexander Lukin’s contribution – The Positive Scenario – is here… Lire la suite

China’s Belt & Road Initiative in Flux

By Emil Avdaliani – Tbilisi

China’s economic and political ascendancy is a topic for almost every Eurasian state – and Georgia is no exception. However, before proceeding to China’s geopolitical role in and around Georgia, keep in mind those major routes which make up the famous Belt and Road Initiative Lire la suite

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