Caucasus & Eastern Europe
The countries of the EU’s Eastern Partnership are key areas to European security. The three states of the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and three countries sandwiched between the EU and Russia (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine) have now been independent for 25 years, and displays a wide variety of economic and political systems as well as foreign policy choices. The region lacks credible security arrangements, and is the subject of a growing geopolitical rivalry between the West and Russia. Four of the states – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, have unresolved territorial conflicts on their territory, which form some of the leading challenges to European security.
ISDP’s activities in the Caucasus and Eastern Europe focuses on research and analysis on the political development and regional security in the region, in particular unresolved conflicts, relations with the EU and U.S., as well as Russian foreign policy in the region. Work on the Caucasus region is conducted within the framework of the Joint Center with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute in Washington, D.C., including publication of the biweekly Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a leading sources of analysis on regional developments. ISDP’s Transnational Threats initiative also conducts research on organized crime in Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea region.
A Balancing Act: the 16+1 Cooperation Framework
Since 2012, the 16+1 Cooperation Framework (hereby 16+1) has been the focal point of relations between China and Central Eastern Europe (CEE). However, this initiative is marked by various asymmetries […]
While the US Debates Election Meddling, Russian Strategy Remains on Course
US media and public attention in 2017 has been captivated by the ongoing and ever-changing Russia-Trump saga. From the since-fired FBI Director James Comey testifying that there is an investigation […]
Redefining Russia’s Pivot and China’s Peripheral Diplomacy
On January 17 and 18, 2017, Dr. Niklas Swanström participated in a workshop held by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, on Russia and China and their impact on Asia […]
The International Politics of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Conflict
This book frames the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh in the context of European and international security. It is the first book to focus on the politics of the conflict rather […]
EU–China trade to bolster security in the South Caucasus
Foreign investment in Georgia is strengthening the country’s importance in connecting East Asia with Europe, which has positive implications for the broader region. The rise in FDI in commercial and […]
Russia: an Enabler of Jihad?
Russian officials have had to contain their glee in monitoring recent political events in America and Europe. They appear to think their days in the cold may soon be over. […]