Caucasus

The Azeri-Russian Gas Gambit In Greece

Azerbaijan is uniquely poised to assist Russia in its planned ‘Balkan Stream’ gas pipeline through Greece, but it would need to receive tangible economic benefits in exchange for its pivotal cooperation. Russia’s Vision Russia is actively moving towards resurrecting the cancelled South Stream project, understanding that the European and Balkan […]

Black Sea Strategy –Threshold of World War?

The article Ukraine, Iraq and a Black Sea Strategy by George Friedman came into focus of international experts’ attention. The author is known to make no bones about it when he expresses his opinion. While others wrote about European values, democracy and open society to take hold in Ukraine, he devoted his […]

The War on Terrorism … or Whatever

“U.S. hopes of winning more influence over Syria’s divided rebel movement faded Wednesday after 11 of the biggest armed factions repudiated the Western-backed political opposition coalition and announced the formation of an alliance dedicated to creating an Islamist state. The al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, designated a terrorist organization by the United […]

Geopolitics and Islam

The geopolitical changes that have taken place at the beginning of the 21st century within the nations of the Islamic world, and which would appear to be the culmination of many spontaneous factors, are, in fact, a manifestation of a very complex qualitative shift in the global balance of power.  […]

Finland: A Terrorist Haven

Finnish officials started to interact with Chechen terrorists as far back as 1999. Rene Nyberg, a high standing official from Finnish Foreign Ministry, first met Chechen representatives at the Helsinki EU summit by the end of 1999. When the criminal gangs of Basayev and Khattab invaded Dagestan from the territory […]

CIA Troublemaking in Caucasus

It is clear that Russia’s arrest and expulsion of two CIA agents who were trying to recruit members of the Russian intelligence service fighting against Salafist separatists in the Caucasus is part of a Russian mopping-up operation directed at the CIA’s decades-long covert support for terrorists operating in the Northern […]