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Caucasus under Review: Recently Published

By Editor CI

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Dec 23, 2014 - 12:05 PM

The Caucasus is a region of both great diversity and potential; it is also a region about which much remains to be discovered. However, during the last decade, numerous publications on the region have enabled us to better comprehend this diversity and potential. In this sense, this section aims to introduce a number of these publications in order to keep our readers up-to-date with the available literature. Read more...

'Energy Transit in the Caucasus: A Legal Analysis' by Rafael Leal-Arcas

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Jan 10, 2017 - 12:23 AM

This article provides an analysis of the commonalities and regional specificities of the intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) and Host Government agreements (HGAs) setting up the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline and the South Caucasus Pipeline. The paper also assesses the IGA for the Nabucco Pipeline project. It provides a careful examination of the links between the agreements comprising these three pipeline projects and the Energy Charter Model Agreements on Cross-border Pipelines in conjunction with the provisions of the Energy Charter draft Transit Protocol. This article attempts to answer the following questions: To what extent can common principles and regional specificities be derived from the agreements in question? How do the agreements relate to the Energy Charter Model Agreements and the Energy Charter draft Transit Protocol? What recommendations can be made in view of the possible agreement on common principles or rules on Transit and Cross-border energy flows in the Energy Charter context? Read more...

'Gazprom’s Refocus on Europe: The Replacement of the South Stream Pipeline with the Turkish Stream Pipeline' by Jeylan Mammadova

By Editor CI

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Jan 13, 2017 - 2:33 PM

Why did Gazprom cancel South Stream and replace it with Turkish Stream? In addressing this question, the author examines the debate surrounding the need for the Turkish Stream pipeline, which divided interviewees. Some regarded this project as part of Gazprom’s profit-oriented approach in the context of the threat to its market share amidst liberalization in Europe, its largest export market. However, others believed there is no demand for the project. Based on interviews conducted with experts in the energy sector as well as through corporate data, the paper concludes that the decision to replace the pipeline was part of Gazprom’s strategy to tackle the challenges it has faced in the European market in order to secure its position in that market. Read more...

Book review: 'Nagorno-Karabakh: History Read from Sources' by Ramiz Mehdiyev:

By Editor CI

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Dec 23, 2014 - 12:03 PM

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Caucasus International Vol. 1 No: 1 - Summer 2011

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Oct 12, 2014 - 12:27 AM

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Caucasus International Vol. 1 No: 2 - Autumn 2011

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Oct 12, 2014 - 12:31 AM

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Colloquy with Chingiz Ganizade: On Azerbaijani Refugees and IDPs from Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Region of Azerbaijan

By ilgar Gurbanov

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Sep 30, 2015 - 2:41 PM

Vol. 5 • No: 1 • Spring 2015 - Displacement, Refugees and Migration in the Caucasus and Eurasia Read more...

Caucasus under Review: Recently Published Books

By ilgar Gurbanov

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Sep 30, 2015 - 2:59 PM

While the Caucasus is a region of enormous diversity and potential, it is also a region about which relatively little is known. However, during the last decade, a numerous publications on the region have expanded both regional and international understanding of this diversity and potential. This overview of recent publications provides an up-to-date reading list for anyone interested in the region. Read more...

NATO’s Possible Role in the Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructure in Azerbaijan; Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli

By ilgar Gurbanov

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Dec 23, 2014 - 11:20 AM

After regaining its independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan started to implement an independent oil and gas strategy in the 1990s, which led to significant volumes of international investment flowing into the oil and gas sector. As a result of those investments along with close cooperation with international oil companies, Azerbaijan managed to build up substantial state energy infrastructure. In parallel, significant oil and gas transit infrastructure has been developed in neighboring Georgia. The Azerbaijan-Georgia energy corridor is critical not only for Baku and Tbilisi and the South Caucasus and Caspian regions, but also for Europe, which is host to the majority of the final consumers of Azerbaijan’s energy resources. Therefore, assuring the security of that energy infrastructure becomes even more important. Clearly, the protection of critical energy infrastructure is the responsibility of host countries; in line with this duty, Azerbaijan is doing its best to neutralize current security threats. In this vein, raising security relations with NATO to a higher level can improve the security of critical energy infrastructure in the South Caucasus. Based on an agreement between NATO and partner countries in the South Caucasus (i.e. Azerbaijan and Georgia), the proposed “Article 4.5” format can enable higher-level security relations. This article analyzes the possible positive mplications of that new format for the protection of existing energy infrastructure in zerbaijan, which is critical for European energy security. Read more...
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