Vol. 1, No. 18 (15 October 2008)

Turkey returns to a transformed Transcaucasus

Moscow’s use of force in Georgia and Moscow’s recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia created the sense in many capitals that the situation in the South Caucasus and even further afield had been fundamentally transformed.  At the very least, because the rules of the game that had governed international relations there had been called into question and because the relative power of the players had been shifted, many governments decided to explore the limits of the new game by announcing new initiatives or changing their relationships to both those with whom they had been close ...
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Russia’s use of the Montreux Convention as a factor in its new policy toward Turkey

In the wake of the Russian-Georgian hostilities over the territory of South Ossetia, NATO in order to demonstrate its growing presence in the Black Sea and express support to Georgia, a potential NATO member, sent a small flotilla of warships through the Turkish Straits in the late August.  According to a Turkish official, “The Americans are politically backing Georgia.  This may have been a flag show off which is quite normal in international relations.”  The flotilla included three American warships and support vessels from Spain, Germany and Poland. The Turkish Stra...
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March 1918: A defining moment for Azerbaijan

The events of March 1918, in which some 30,000 Azerbaijanis died at the hands of the Bolsheviks and the Dashnakcutun, were a defining moment for Azerbaijan.  What follows is an excerpted version of Dr. Balayev's new archivally based study, “The March Events of 1918 in Azerbaijan" (Moscow: Flinta, 2008) ...
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