February 2014 Newsletter

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February 2014 Newsletter
The Jamestown Foundation Leadership: Glen E. Howard, President
At a Glance

Register Now for China Defense & Security Conference!

Mikheil Saakashvili & the Sochi Conference

Looking Forward

Featured Publications

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Jamestown Announces 4th China Defense and Security Conference

On Tuesday, March 25, The Jamestown Foundation will hold its Fourth Annual China Defense and Security Conference, which will take place at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Tickets are on sale now for $45. The conference will feature Jamestown Board Member Admiral Timothy Keating, USN (Ret.), as well as noted experts on Chinese foreign policy and the military, including Dennis Blasko, Bonnie Glaser, Ken Allen and Michael Chase. Panels will cover: Recent developments in China’s approach to foreign policy, Reform and re-organization of the PLA, China’s strategy for cyber-security and the “network domain” and China’s Maritime Territorial Disputes.

Register now for Washington’s only annual conference on Chinese security issues!

Former President of Georgia Speaks at Jamestown Conference

On February 14, 2014, The Jamestown Foundation held a conference on “Russia and the North Caucasus After the Sochi Olympics” in the Root Room at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The conference featured keynote speaker Mikheil Saakashvili, the former President of the Republic of Georgia. President Saakashvili spoke at length about the Euro-Maidan revolution in Ukraine and its consequences for the rest of the post-Soviet space. In discussing the future of Russia and the region, he underscored that the “world of empires is over,” and that “the role of empires in [Georgia’s] part of the world is not sustainable.”

The conference included two panels of speakers who focused on the impact of the Sochi Olympics on the future of Russia and on the North Caucasus as well as the radicalization of jihadists in the North Caucasus. Jamestown Non-Resident Senior Fellow Valery Dzutsev spoke on Russia’s Sochi Olympics policies and their destabilizing regional impact. Russian analyst Andrei Piontkovsky questioned the Russian nation’s commitment to holding onto the North Caucasus in the long term. Whereas Janusz Bugajski, a long-time expert on the post-Soviet Bloc, compared the bloody turmoil in Russia’s south with the inter-ethnic Balkan wars of the 1990s.

The second panel featured Jamestown Non-Resident Senior Fellow Mairbek Vatchagaev, who discussed the link between the North Caucasus insurgency and the jihadist fighters in Syria. Circassian activist Ibrahim Yaganov spoke about his people’s grievances of being disregarded by Moscow during the Sochi Olympic Games, while Merabi Chukhua explored Georgia’s soft power overtures toward the Circassians. Despite an inopportune snowstorm, nearly 100 people came to watch the conference and participated in lively question-and-answer periods with the speakers.

To watch President Mikheil Saakashvili’s remarks during the conference, please click here

Looking Forward

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) will begin its annual meeting next week on March 5. Since it is the first meeting of the Chinese legislature since President Xi Jinping revealed reform plans at the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee, it is unlikely to yield major new information about Chinese economic policy. While China does not have an independent legislature, and meetings of the NPC are tightly stage-managed by the Party, the endorsement of new laws is a major step on the road to enacting policy, and the results of the meeting will be a major indication of whether and how fast Xi’s plans are proceeding.

Check China Brief online on March 6 to read Jamestown Senior Fellow Willy Lam’s readout on the first day of the NPC, including Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s work report, and for analysis of the declining power of China’s pre-eminent central planning authority, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Featured Publications
Conflict Zones: North Caucasus and Western Balkans Compared by Janusz Bugajski

The Jamestown Foundation is proud to announce the release of Janusz Bugajski’s landmark study of the increasingly unstable North Caucasus. Comparing the region to the war-ravaged Western Balkans of the 1990s, Mr. Bugajski argues that the North Caucasus are poised to inherit the status as the “powder keg” of Europe. In addition to reviewing the region’s recent history and making forecasts for the future, Mr. Bugajski offers suggestions and proposals for a more active approach by Western governments to defuse conflicts in the region.

**Conflict Zones is available for free on our website! To download your copy, please click here**
Janusz Bugajski is a foreign policy analyst based in the United States. His positions include non-resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and host of the television show “Bugajski Hour,” broadcast in the Balkans. Bugajski is the author of 18 books on Europe, Russia, and trans-Atlantic relations and is a regular contributor to various U.S. and European publications.

Azerbaijan and the Southern Gas Cooridor to Europe

On Friday, September 13, 2013, The Jamestown Foundation hosted an event at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace entitled, “Azerbaijan and the Southern Gas Corridor to Europe: Implications for U.S. and European Energy Security.” The event consisted of three panels, which discussed the game-changing nature of the opening of a new energy transit route into Europe, natural gas and energy implications for Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as U.S. and EU policy regarding the Southern Gas Corridor and European energy security.

The freely available Conference Report includes a transcript of the proceedings, maps and graphics, as well as an executive summary based on the key conclusions that came out of the day’s discussions.

*Click here to download a free digital copy of this report

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