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.
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. […]
Azerbaijan’s Formula: Secular Governance and Civic Nationhood
In January 2016, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev designated 2016 the “Year of Multiculturalism.” This took place at a time when Azerbaijan’s neighborhood has experienced a trend toward less rather than […]
Georgia has delivered on democracy. It is now Brussels’ turn
If Georgia’s parliamentary elections of October 2016 were a test of the country’s commitment to democratisation, it passed the ordeal with flying colors. They tested the limits of Europeanisation from […]
Cigarette Smuggling: Poland to Sweden
Cigarette smuggling is a multibillion dollar industry which directly feeds off government revenue. Within the European Union (EU) there are losses of around 11.3 billion euro in tax revenue each […]
Under the Radar: Georgia’s October 2016 Elections
Georgia will hold parliamentary elections on October 8, 2016, which will be key to deciding the country’s future development and its strategic trajectory. Economic problems, especially unemployment and prices, dominate […]