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Armenia and Iran After the Nuclear Deal: The Quest for Broader Cooperation

By Erik DavtyanThe agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, which Tehran reached with the P5+1 powers (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany) on July 14, has provided new perspectives for Iran’s wider engagement in the South Caucasus—especially with Armenia, the only... MORE

Estonia to Help Crimean Tatars Tell the World About the Occupation

By Paul GobleThe victims of almost 50 years of Soviet occupation themselves, Estonians are now preparing to help the Crimean Tatars, who have again come under Russian occupation. At a press conference in Kyiv, Mart Nutt, a member of the Estonian parliament, and Oliver Loode,... MORE

Non-Russians Are Following Ethnic Russians Out of the North Caucasus

By Paul GobleThe flight of ethnic-Russians from the republics of the North Caucasus over the last two decades has not only attracted widespread attention but also generated concern among officials in Moscow (see EDM, November 10, 2011; October 30, 2012; April 22, 2015). Federal authorities view ethnic Russians... MORE

Turkish-Kurdish Clashes Raise Security Concerns in the South Caucasus

By Erik DavtyanThe governmental crisis and military operations of the Turkish Army against Kurdish forces has not only threatened the internal situation in Turkey, but is increasingly having a destabilizing effect on neighboring countries as well. Considering the wide geographic extent inhabited by the region’s... MORE

Moscow Losing Siberia to China, Commentator Says

By Paul GobleThe willingness of Russian officials to rent land in the Transbaikal region to China (see EDM, June 24) gives Beijing control over a choke point that it could use to block Moscow’s access to the Russian Far East. And as Russian commentator Oleg Lusenko... MORE

Moscow Massively Funding Pro-Russian NGOs in Baltic Countries

By Paul GobleThe Kremlin’s sweeping crackdown on non-governmental organizations (NGO) in the Russian Federation reflects its belief that such entities inevitably work for foreign governments if they receive foreign funding. And that belief is underscored by its own behavior: At the present time, the Russian... MORE