Iran Denies Compromise on Caspian Division

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by Joshua Kucera Iran has denied Russian claims that it has agreed on how to divide up the Caspian Sea, casting doubt on reports that the decades-long dispute over the sea is about to be resolved.

Georgia: US Works to Counter Russian Narratives

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by Joshua Kucera Using means like television programs, fact-checking websites, and book clubs, the United States government is combatting what it sees as a Russia-directed disinformation campaign aimed at getting Georgians to abandon their Western geopolitical orientation. These efforts began… Continue Reading  

Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

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by Joshua Kucera The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as Washington searches for new ways to encourage Georgians to continue on their pro-Western path in spite of ever-receding hopes of joining NATO. Starting next spring,… Continue Reading  

Russia to Build New Home Base for Caspian Flotilla

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by Joshua Kucera Russia is planning to create a new home base for its Caspian Flotilla, moving it from Astrakhan to Dagestan by 2020. The new base will be one of Russia’s most technically advanced naval facilities, Ministry of Defense… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan Threatens to Cut Off Military Cooperation With US, NATO

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by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijan has threatened to cut off its military cooperation with the West in response to escalating pressure on Baku for its human rights violations. But that threat may ring hollow in light of Azerbaijan’s declining importance for… Continue Reading