By Robert M. Cutler (3/13/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: The European Commission and Iran formed a working group on energy in May 1999, and the two parties soon created a second working group to deal with trade and investment issues. Also in 1999, the European Union's INOGATE program (Interstate Oil and Gas Transport to Europe) established an umbrella agreement for an institutional framework to optimize the use of energy resources to reduce investment risks, increase returns, and promote management practices that correspond with European standards in safety, environment and trade. The basis for this was to be the European Energy Charter, a product of an EU summit from the early 1990s, which encouraged trading Western capital and technology for energy from the post-communist countries in both Eastern Europe and the former Soviet area.
By Stephen Blank (3/13/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Russia is an American ally in the war on terrorism, and Russian-American intelligence sharing on Afghanistan actually predates September 11. Indeed, the Russian media has alleged the existence of secret joint plots to assassinate Bin Laden or to invade Afghanistan, which were publicly denied before September, 2001. Since then, several Russian analysts like Sergei Rogov and Alexei Arbatov have asserted that Russia has contributed more than any other U.
By Khatuna Salukvadze (3/13/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Since February 27, the Russian media and parts of its political elite have been boiling hysterically, culminating with Nezavisimaya Gazeta’s explicit, if agonizing headline “Georgia, that we lost.” Prior to the news of the U.S.
By Yuri V. Bossin (3/13/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: At least three potential issues may sow seeds of discord between the U.S. and Russia in the short term.
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