South Caucasus Caught in the Middle
South Caucasus Caught in the Middle

How geopolitical competition between Moscow and Brussels prolongs instability in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia

13/01/2015 | by Elkhan Nuriyev | Caucasian States of the former Soviet Union, Security

The conflict in Ukraine has introduced new dimensions of uncertainty to the South Caucasus, where Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia struggle to protect their national sovereignty and security in the face of geopolitical competition between Moscow and Brussels. Elkhan Nuriyev asks if it is possible to form a coherent strategy for the region that focuses on an integrated, coordinated approach that recognizes the shared interests of Russia, the EU, and the South Caucasus countries.

Publications

  • Energy Transport in the South Caucasus

    The geopolitical environment of the Southern Gas Corridor

    von Dr. Stefan Meister | Caucasian States of the former Soviet Union, Resources and Energy
    DGAPkompakt 2, January 31, 2014, 5 pp.

    Energy Transport in the South Caucasus

    The Southern Gas Corridor was conceived to help diversify the EU’s access to natural gas, reducing dependence on Russian supply and tapping other resources in the Caspian region and Middle East. While the potential is enormous, only Azerbaijan is currently contributing. For years, the EU has favored the Nabucco project, but participating firms have in fact chosen the smaller Trans Adriatic Pipeline – a choice that reveals the limits of political influence on complex and expensive investments.

  • "Oil will Remain Central to the Global Energy Mix"

    Abdallah Salem El-Badri, Secretary General of OPEC, discusses the prospects for oil production

    von Abdallah Salem El-Badri | Resources and Energy
    DGAP Interview, October 4, 2012

    "Oil will Remain Central to the Global Energy Mix"

    The age of crude oil is far from over. The importance of oil will actually increase in the coming decades, predicted OPEC head El-Badri. In order to satisfy increasing demand, hard to access deposits must be unlocked. El-Badri accepted an invitation from the DGAP and Wintershall Holding for a debate on energy.

  • The Southern Gas Corridor and the South Caucasus

    von Dr. Stefan Meister, Marcel Viëtor | Caucasian States of the former Soviet Union, Resources and Energy
    in: South Caucasus – 20 Years of Independence, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 1 November 2011, pp. 335-353

    The Southern Gas Corridor and the South Caucasus

    The Southern Caucasus is a key region for the transport of fossil fuels from the Caspian region to Europe. Until now, the Nabucco project has been the main plan for the future energy supply of EU member states. However, the EU lacks an extensive concept for the region. European engagement can only be successful by closely linking development aid with energy and security policy.

Events

Nord Stream 2: Business Project or a Security Threat for Europe?
05/07/2017 | 12:30 - 14:30 | DGAP | Resources and Energy
Category: Resources and Energy
Energy Security in Europe
The Ukraine Crisis and the Future of EU-Russia Energy Relations
25/02/2015 | 10:30 - 12:00 | DGAP | Russia, Resources and Energy
Category: Resources and Energy, Security, Russia, Ukraine, Europe
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