By Hooman Peimani (8/29/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: The fall of the Soviet Union brought independence to the three Caucasian republics, but was also accompanied by violent conflict. Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia have all experienced severe political and military challenges shaking the very root of their states. Internal and external destabilizing forces in various forms have challenged the authority and the legitimacy of their political systems.
By Aftab Kazi (8/29/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Amid the ongoing economic, geopolitical and strategic transitions in Central and South Asia, the Musharaf-Vajpayee Summit - despite an unresolved ending - is a landmark in India-Pakistan relations. An almost agreed upon joint declaration had to postponed due to domestic political considerations. Despite differences over Kashmir and terrorism, understandings developed on other matters - regional trade, an Iran-Pakistan-India oil/gas pipeline, regional security, nuclear safety, and openness towards future dialogue.
By Gael Raballand (8/29/2001 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Relations between Central Asian countries and WTO are guided by political manoeuvres. In this region, WTO is mainly perceived as a symbol of the western world a sort of a NATO counterpart regarding trade issues. It is worth noting that the negotiation process is closely linked to the image those countries are striving to give in the region.
By Ihsan D. Dagi (5/8/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)BACKGROUND: The main strategic choice that Turkey faces is presented as on the one hand the U.S./Israel axis, which would promote Turkey as a regional power in the Eurasian context; and on the other an EU-oriented policy that would include Turkey in that major political/economic blocks and focus on its economic development.
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