Director's VerdictEGF Director, Dr Marat Terterov gives evidence to the House of Lords (London) on the factors driving EU-Russia relations into the abyss. “We need to change the way we look at each other and forget about old stereotypes” he said. “The chemistry in the relationship needs to change and we need to consider each other’s motivating interests”. Keep Reading
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June 24-26, 2014
EGF attended the 16th PfP Consortium Annual Conference, "The Future of Euro-Atlantic Security: Education and Power", which was hosted by the Ministry of Defence of Romania in Bucharest.
April 25, 2014
EGF spoke at the roundtable on "The Crimean Crisis: Energy Challenges for Europe" organized by Confrontations Europe, Tusiad, and the Brussels Energy Club (BREC) in Brussels.
March 27, 2014
EGF organized a roundtable discussion on "Exploring the Role of Economic Initiatives as Peace Building Tools in the Nagorno-Karabakh Context" at the European Parliament in Brussels. See details under "Forum in Progress".
March 22-24, 2014
EGF moderated a panel at the 9th workshop of the PfP Consortium’s "Regional Stability in the South Caucausus" (RSSC) Study Group on "From Self-Defence to Regional Disarmament: Reducing Tensions and Stabilizing the South Caucasus", held in Istanbul (Turkey). See details under "EGF Dialogue".
November 07-09, 2013
EGF moderated a panel at the 8th Workshop of the PfP Consortium Study Group "Regional Stability in the South Caucasus (RSSC) on “What Kind of Sovereignty? Examining Alternative Governance Models in the South Caucasus”.
Snapshot analysis by Ben McPherson, Principal Editor, European Geopolitical Forum
In May 2014 an important initiative, the Central Asian Nuclear Weapon Free Zone, or CANWFZ, was enshrined by the actions of five nuclear states—the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China and Russia—as they signed a Protocol agreeing to respect the non-proliferation framework. The idea has been discussed since at least 1993, when the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, proposed it at the UN General Assembly. READ MORE
- Saturday, 28 February 2015, 00:29
EGF Affiliated Expert
The mounting tension over Ukraine has introduced numerous dangers to the security situation in the South Caucasus. These negative ramifications are further exacerbated by the fact that Russia holds the key to resolving conflicts in the post-Soviet realm, especially in the absence of greater Western assertiveness. But Moscow and Brussels are caught up in geopolitical competition over the region. READ MORE
- Friday, 16 January 2015, 16:30
Ahmed Mousa Jiyad,
EGF Affiliated Expert
Following closely after the ground-breaking Turkey-Russia gas export/pipeline MoU announced last week, another agreement was publicized between the Iraqi government and the KRG that could send additional KRG gas to Turkey. Some argue that, if the KRG ramps up and exports significant volumes, it could pose problems for Putin’s new plan. EGF Affiliated Expert Ahmed Mousa Jiyad explains why this is unlikely. READ MORE
- Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 10:54
George Vlad Niculescu,
Head of Research, the European Geopolitical Forum
Just like other parts of Eurasia, the South Caucasus is facing the challenge of a renewed East-West geopolitical competition underpinned by three evolving challenges: 1) a growing ideological gap between Russia and the West; 2) the chronic persistence of protracted conflicts; 3) the dilemma of post-Soviet states: European vs. Eurasian integration. More specifically, the South Caucasus geopolitical landscape is shaped by: READ MORE
- Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 20:56
The second stakeholder consultation round in EGF's ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh research took place on 06-08 July 2014 in Berlin (Germany), including introduction of a post-conflict scenario building workshop. More than 30 experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and international partner NGOs and institutions attended this highly successful event, held in a constructive atmosphere of exchange. It has been the first step towards exploring the idea of a roadmap leading towards an economically integrated South Caucasus, and created a platform for exchange of information between Armenian and Azerbaijani experts. During the post-conflict scenario building workshop, regional participants simulated the negotiation of a roadmap for the implementation of economic components of a peace agreement built upon the Madrid principles, encompassing joint economic measures in areas such as energy, transport, trade, rehabilitation of the territories affected by the conflict, and the return of IDPs to their homeland.
Please click here for the summary of conclusions.
Please click here to see the agenda of the seminar, and participants’ biographies.
Please click here to see the EGF presentation on this research.
- Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 20:56
EGF Guest Contributor
After the recent clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces, Russia’s leadership attempts to act more decisively in order to compromise the OSCE Minsk Group mediation efforts and to compel Armenia and Azerbaijan to accept Russia’s special role in the region. Russia’s proximity and strong influence over political elites and societies gives it an advantage over other Minsk Group co-chairs – the U.S. and France. However, the lack of security guarantees and economic perspectives may induce Armenia to start reviewing its attitudes concerning relations with different international actors and regional integration frameworks. READ MORE
This article was first published by the "Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center" which holds the copyright for it.”
- Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 20:55