POSTPONED - South Caucasus: The Threats and Challenges for the Trump Administration

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April 25, 2017 POSTPONED - South Caucasus: The Threats and Challenges for the Trump Administration

The South Caucasus sits at a crucial geographical and cultural crossroads and has proven to be strategically important for military and economic reasons for centuries.

Whether it is Armenian forces in Azerbaijan or Russian forces in Georgia, there are approximately 15,500 square miles of illegally occupied territory in the South Caucasus. ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE/EPA/Newscom

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Heritage Foundation

Allison Auditorium

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC
20002

Description

The South Caucasus sits at a crucial geographical and cultural crossroads and has proven to be strategically important for military and economic reasons for centuries.  Today, this strategic location is also important to the United States.  Whether it is Armenian forces in Azerbaijan or Russian forces in Georgia, there are approximately 15,500 square miles of illegally occupied territory in the South Caucasus.  This month marks the one year anniversary of the brief four-day war in Nagorno Karabakh.  Russia continues its creeping occupation and annexation of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  Important pipelines transit the region carrying oil and gas from the Caspian to European markets.  As Europeans try to become less dependent on Russian energy sources these pipelines will become increasingly important.  However distant the South Caucasus might seem to U.S. policymakers, the region is important and cannot be ignored.  What challenges does the region pose to the new Trump Administration?  What are the opportunities?  Join us as our panelists address these issues and more.

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POSTPONED - South Caucasus: The Threats and Challenges for the Trump Administration

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