Tehran’s Policies Risk Iran’s Territorial Integrity

by Shireen T. Hunter In his conversations with American journalists during his recent visit to New York, as reported in The New Yorker, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that some of Iran’s regional rivals, especially Israel, Saudi Arabia, and… Continue Reading  

Turkmenistan: A Banana Republic For Our Times

by Akhal-Teke: A Turkmenistan Bulletin The media environment in Turkmenistan has gotten so bad that even accessing state press is becoming more difficult. Parahat.info, a website that posts copies of the daily Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper in its original form, has now gone… Continue Reading  

New Caspian Accord Resolves Some Issues, Not All

by Mark N. Katz Ever since the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, the five states bordering the Caspian Sea (Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Iran) have been unable to reach agreement on a legal regime for the body… Continue Reading  

Resolution of Caspian Sea Status Closer Than Ever

by David O’Byrne A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, allowing for the laying of pipelines on the seabed and banning foreign military forces, has reportedly been agreed by the five bordering states. Officials also have… Continue Reading  

Russia to Build New Home Base for Caspian Flotilla

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