New Russian Order in the Middle East?[Over]
By Dr.Cyril Widdershoven, EGF Affiliated Expert, Military geopolitics
Military environment in the Mediterranean is changing according to the chess plans of Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin. After bridging the immense opposition Russia was encountering during and after the demise of the USSR, a new Russian influence sphere has been built up of unforeseen order. It how the situation is perceived by Western leaders and military experts.
Re-emergence of Russian military assets and bilateral and multilateral relations with Arab countries is now being substantiated by the set-up of new military alliances in and around the Mediterranean. READ MORE
What Can We Expect from 2017 in the Settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict? - UPDATED[Over]
Interview with Azenglishnews.com by George Vlad Niculescu,
Head of Research, the European Geopolitical Forum
I would hope to see the year 2017 becoming a watershed in the Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) conflict resolution. To that end, one essential requirement is for the conflicting parties to identify a political compromise that would underpin the conclusion of a peace agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh. It is deemed widely that the inability to produce a resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict so far was, to a large extent, linked to the dilemma regarding the prevailing legal and political principles that would be applicable. READ MORE
- February 22, 2017 04:22AM
“Towards Europe?! Straddling Fault Lines and Choosing Sides in the South Caucasus” [Over]
10th Workshop of the PfP Consortium’s “Regional Stability in the South Caucasus” Study Group (RSSC SG)
On 6-8 November, 2014, the PfPC and the Austrian National Defense Academy jointly organized the 10th Workshop of the RSSC SG at “Schloss Rothschild” in Reichenau (Austria). This workshop offered a platform for constructive dialogue among government and academic experts on the prospective roles of the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in breaking the current deadlocks in the resolution of the protracted conflicts in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh. During this workshop, a panel moderated by George Niculescu, the Head of Research of EGF, examined the background and the potential implications from the perspectives of South Caucasus (SC) states of having to make undesirable choices between the EU and the EEU. The panelists’ presentations and the ensuing discussion highlighted that, against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis, maintaining freedom of choice on the ways and levels of engagement with both the EU and the EEU is a critical interest for each SC state, and a prerequisite for effective conflict resolution. In this context, Mr Niculescu thought that “the EU might work towards developing options for harmonizing the European and Eurasian integration normative systems. One of the options to be explored might involve sustaining post-conflict regional economic cooperation as a way to circumvent the dilemma of the states caught in-between competing European and Eurasian integration processes.” READ MORE. Please see the relevant post on Facebook here.
- February 20, 2015 18:32PM
What Kind of Sovereignty? Examining Alternative Governance Models in the South Caucasus[Over]
8th Workshop of the PfP Consortium Study Group “Regional Stability in the South Caucasus”
On 07-09 November 2013, Mr. George Niculescu, the Head of Research of the European Geopolitical Forum, attended the 8th Workshop of the PfP Consortium Study Group “Regional Stability in the South Caucasus”, held in Reichenau (Austria). Mr. Niculescu moderated the panel on “Alternative Models of Sovereignty in Practice” aiming to propose practical solutions for “joint political and administrative” governance in the South Caucasus. Distinguished panelists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Germany and the United Kingdom put forward their thoughts on the subject, while the audience consisting of officials and experts from regional and international think tanks, education institutions, and civil society actively debated panelists’ proposals. Mr. Niculescu concluded that: “Rather than trying to impose unilateral solutions involving the final status of the unrecognized political entities in the South Caucasus, regional states and relevant international actors should rather focus creative energies on setting up transitional processes aimed at achieving multilateral governance over the regional commons. Moreover, as suggested by lessons learned in the Western Balkans, region building strategies should effectively complement international efforts for conflict transformation. However, a champion for regional integration is still missing in the South Caucasus. Potentially, the EU could revitalize its involvement in strengthening regionalism in the South Caucasus in strategic coordination with Russia and Turkey“. Click here to see an outline of the workshop and here to see the ensuing policy recommendations.
The Changing Dynamics of the Wider-Black Sea in Regional Security and External Relations[Over]
On Monday, May 16, 2011, The European Geopolitical Forum staged a roundtable discussion on the
“Changing Dynamics of the Wider Black Sea in Regional Security and External Relations” at the Brussels
School of International Studies, University of Kent. The roundtable featured key international speakers: Dr.
Andrej Kreutz (Canada), renowned international relations specialist and author of the recent book, “Russia
in the Middle East: Friend or Foe?”; and Igor Muradyan (Armenia), an acclaimed public commentator on
the geopolitics and geo-economics of the Black Sea-Caucasus-Caspian area. The roundtable discussion also
drew participation of officials from the Turkish Embassy in Belgium, NATO International Staff Political
Affairs and Security Policy Division (IS PASP), the Mission of Ukraine to European Union, the Permanent
Mission of the Russian Federation to NATO, the Energy Charter Secretariat, TUSIAD, the Armenian
Federation of Europe, the Centre for East European and Asian Studies (Romania) and several other
interested stakeholders. READ MORE