Russia, Turkey and the Caucasus Map
Posted in Kavkaz Files ISSN 2975-0474 Caucasus Monitoring & Analysis Russia

Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis and Russia’s Strategy in the Region

The recent capitulation of Nagorno-Karabakh in the face of Azerbaijan’s military offensive has brought to light Russia’s recalibrated strategic approach in the region. This shift focuses on forging a robust alliance with both Baku and Ankara, a move designed to bolster the INSTC and leverage Turkish land as a potential hub for its new energy approach.

The presidents of Italy and Azerbaijan
Posted in Kavkaz Files ISSN 2975-0474 Caucasus Monitoring & Analysis

Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis Exposed Italy’s Weak Foreign Policy Among Natural Gas and Human Rights

The Azerbaijani military incursion into the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh has brought to light Italy’s precarious foreign policy in the South Caucasus. Driven by a web of Rome’s imperatives and constraints, the Italian government finds itself torn between justifying Azerbaijan’s regional strategy and acknowledging the resulting humanitarian crisis and civilian casualties.

Russian military presence near Stepanaker, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh
Posted in Kavkaz Files ISSN 2975-0474 Caucasus Monitoring & Analysis

Azerbaijan’s Military Offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh: A Risk Assessment

The recent military operation conducted by Azerbaijan against the defence forces in the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh attests to the prevailing instability within the South Caucasus region. This development has sounded alarm bells amongst both international and regional stakeholders, who are now confronted with the prospect of a renewed conflict in this highly sensitive geopolitical theatre.

Dagestan National Centre Flag
Posted in Kavkaz Files ISSN 2975-0474 Monitoring & Analysis Russia Ukraine

Geopolitics of the Dagestan National Centre and the Dagestan Battalion ‘Imam Shamil’

The establishment of the Dagestan National Centre in Russia and the Dagestan Volunteer Battalion ‘Imam Shamil’ in Ukraine underscores the reverberations of the Ukraine conflict in the North Caucasus. This development highlights a substantial threat emanating from various movements and organisations, advocating for the destabilisation and fragmentation of the Russian Federation.

Japarov, President of Kyrgyzstan, with Putin, President of Russia
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Russia

Geopolitics of Russia’s Language Schools in Kyrgyzstan

Russia’s concerted efforts in Kyrgyzstan, focused on supporting local educational and humanitarian initiatives, represent a significant augmentation of its soft power and cultural influence in the region. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the establishment of Russian language schools in Kyrgyzstan, a project actively backed by Moscow.

Birjiand in the South Khorasan
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis AfPak Middle East Persian Files ISSN 2975-0598

SEZs might booster Iranian Khorasan trade with Afghanistan

The strategic positioning of the Khorasan region is pivotal for the facilitation of trade and cultural interchange with adjacent nations. In this regard, implementing Special Economic Zones (SEZs) might strengthen the relations between Afghanistan and Iran.

Abkhazia and Stavropol Territory's Coat of Arms
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Caucasus Kavkaz Files ISSN 2975-0474 Russia

Stavropol Companies’ Business Mission to Abkhazia: Implications and Opportunities

The recent business mission conducted by Stavropol-based companies to Abkhazia signified a noteworthy advancement with extensive ramifications for both Sukhum and Pyatigorsk. This exchange also highlights Pyatigors’ approach to promote foreign business ventures for the Russian Federation.

TAPI pipeline
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis AfPak Central Asia Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598

Navigating Domestic Challenges and Needs: Turkmenistan-Pakistan Partnership in Advancing TAPI

Turkmenistan and Pakistan seek to confirm and expand their cooperation, notably in the domain of energy cooperation, with a focal emphasis on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline project.

Iran Special Economic Zones presented at CIFIT
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis China Middle East Persian Files ISSN 2975-0598

China and Iran Explore New Cooperation Opportunities in Tourism and Free Economic Zones

The collaborative efforts in the tourism sector and Chinese investments in Iranian free economic zones and infrastructure are fortifying the economic ties between Beijing and Tehran

10th Cooperation Forum China - Central Asia
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia China Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598

Geopolitics of the 10th Cooperation Forum China – Central Asia Organised in Xiamen

The 10th Cooperation Forum China – Central Asia, held recently in Xiamen, underscored Beijing’s strategic approach in the region and highlighted Central Asian nations’ imperative to enhance their connectivity and collaboration with the Chinese market.

Giuliano Bifolchi's Interview with Arda Dgebiya
Posted in SpecialEurasia News

Interview: SpecialEurasia Research Manager, Giuliano Bifolchi, Analysed Geopolitics and Contemporary Abkhazia with Arda Dgebiya

On August 1st, 2023, during SpecialEurasia’s official mission to Abkhazia, our Research Manager Giuliano Bifolchi engaged in an interview in the Russian language with Arda Dgebiya  to explain the organisation’s commitment, investigate the importance of geopolitics in contemporary world, and share his analysis of the current situation in the Abkhaz territory.

Locandina Evento Caucaso 11 ottobre 2023
Posted in Events Caucasus SpecialEurasia News

Webinar “Dinamiche geopolitiche e sociali nel Caucaso contemporaneo: sfide attuali e sviluppi futuri”

SpecialEurasia in collaborazione con Mondo Internazionale ASP e MInter Group srl organizza un webinar dal titolo “Dinamiche geopolitiche e sociali nel Caucaso contemporaneo: sfide attuali e sviluppi futuri” il cui obiettivo è quello di analizzare l’attuale situazione della regione focalizzando l’attenzione sulle problematiche e le opportunità insite nelle dinamiche locali caucasiche.

Iran ambassador and Italian companies
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Middle East Persian Files ISSN 2975-0598

Iran Opens the Country to Italian Companies: Why Does It Matter?

The recent meeting between the Iranian ambassador in Rome and the managers of selected Italian companies underscores a significant potential for economic cooperation between the two parties. Tehran’s keen interest in attracting foreign investors and companies, particularly those from Italy, is palpable.

Islam and North Caucasus
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Caucasus Kavkaz Files ISSN 2975-0474 Russia Ukraine

North Caucasus’Role in the Competition Between Russia and Ukraine Over the Islamic World

In the ongoing contest between Russia and Ukraine for endorsement from the Islamic world, the North Caucasus emerges as a critical asset in the Kremlin’s strategic arsenal. It serves as a linchpin for Moscow’s domestic political efforts in managing a diverse, multireligious, and multiethnic society, while also underpinning Russia’s foreign policy activities directed towards the Arab-Muslim world.

Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia China Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598

Xinjiang’s Role in Promoting Kazakhstan-China’s Trade and Economic Cooperation

The recent bilateral meeting between Kazakh and Xinjiang authorities substantiated the collaborative commitment between Astana and Beijing, highlighting the pivotal role that the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) may assume in bolstering regional connectivity and facilitating the realisation of the Belt and Road Initiative.

Iran and Saudi Arabia joint statement agreement
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Middle East Persian Files ISSN 2975-0598

From Rivalry to Cooperation: Charting the Future of Iran-Saudi Relations

Iran and Saudi Arabia have taken significant steps towards improving their diplomatic relations by appointing respective ambassadors to Tehran and Riyadh. This development marks a historic milestone in the restoration of relations between the two countries.

Heritage and Culture of the Jews of the North and East Caucasus
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Caucasus Kavkaz Files ISSN 2975-0474 Middle East

Jewish Heritage Preservation in the Caucasus: Azerbaijan’s Cultural Diplomacy to Strengthen Relations with Israel

The conference held in Baku on the Jewish community of the Caucasus underscored the positive state of relations between Azerbaijan and Israel. Notably, it shed light on Baku’s strategic use of cultural diplomacy to foster stronger ties with Tel Aviv and garner support from the global Jewish community.

Visa's interests in Kazakhstan SMEs
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Central Asia Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598

Visa’s Strategy in Kazakhstan Confirms Foreign Interests in the Local SMEs

The “Business Springboard” competition, which has been organised by Visa, demonstrates the significant interest foreign entities hold for the SMEs sector in Kazakhstan. It unequivocally signifies their commitment to solidifying their footprint in the local market and forging enduring relationships with the burgeoning community of small and medium enterprises.

Locandina Corso Aspiranti Investigatori
Posted in Events SpecialEurasia News

Corso Base per Aspiranti Investigatori in Programma il 16 Settembre 2023

Il giorno 16 settembre 2023 SpecialEurasia in collaborazione con Confidential Agency e l’Accademia Kronos Ecozoophila organizzeranno il Corso Base per Futuri Investigatori, un’opportunità per coloro che intendono entrare in un mercato sempre in maggiore crescita.

Nikol Pashinyan and Vladimir Putin
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Caucasus Kavkaz Files ISSN 2975-0474

Pashinyan’s Complain About Russia Underlined Armenian Swinging Foreign Policy

Nikol Pashinyan’s recent statements on Armenia’s ‘erroneous’ dependence on Russia may reflect a new direction in Yerevan’s foreign policy, signalling a desire to seek alternative solutions, particularly by cultivating stronger relationships with Western nations

CSTO soldier Belarus
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Russia

CSTO Exercises in Belarus Highlight Moscow’s Concerns Over Europe and the Organisation’s New Military Strategy

The forthcoming CSTO exercises in Belarus serve as a clear demonstration of the organisation’s strategic commitment to safeguarding its member states, focusing particularly on protecting Moscow and Minsk from potential external threats originating from Europe.

Kurdish nationalism
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Middle East Persian Files ISSN 2975-0598

Interplay of Security Dynamics: Iran’s Response to Kurdish Secessionism and External Alliances

The complex landscape of Iran’s struggle with Kurdish nationalism unfolds as the Iranian leadership confronts secessionist groups along its borders. Amidst international interests and internal challenges, the fight against terrorism, potential destabilisation, and regional alliances shape Tehran’s multifaceted approach to counter these issues.

Souh Korea and Central Asa
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Asia-Pacific Central Asia Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598

Busan Economic Forum: Strengthening Trade Ties between South Korea and Central Asia

In an increasingly interconnected and multipolar world, the recent Busan Economic Forum has confirmed Seoul and the Central Asian republics’ interests to strengthen economic and trade relations, positioning South Korea amidst a dynamic landscape shaped by global powers as well as pivotal regional actors.

Saudi Arabia and IAEA
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Middle East

Charting Saudi Arabia’s Nuclear Future: 4 Goals Shaping Global Dynamics

The progression of Saudi Arabia’s nuclear energy initiative has prompted speculation within the international community. As the world’s foremost petroleum producer, the nation’s decision to engage with nuclear power facilities may seem unanticipated.

Armenia economia e Italia
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Caucasus Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598

Armenia, Export e Sanzioni nelle Dinamiche Geopolitiche Eurasiatiche

Nel contesto geopolitico attuale, caratterizzato dal conflitto ucraino e dallo scontro tra Bruxelles e Mosca, l’incremento dell’export europeo verso l’Armenia ha sollevato dubbi sulla possibilità che questo permetta di aggirare le sanzioni, dilemma che però non coinvolge il vicino Stato azerbaigiano la cui politica estera sfrutta il supporto europeo, ma non tralascia gli accordi commerciali con la Russia.

Astrakhan Oblast
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Russia

Astrakhan Region in the System of Russia’s Geopolitical Priorities in the Current International Situation

The Astrakhan region has historically served as a significant centre of Russian presence in the Caspian region for centuries. Since the late 20th century, following the geopolitical shifts caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union, Astrakhan’s role in Russia’s Caspian policy has acquired considerable prominence.

Middle East Map Flags
Posted in Monitoring & Analysis China Geopolitical Report ISSN 2785-2598 Middle East United States

Is China replacing the United States in the Middle East?

In an ever-evolving geopolitical landscape, the perception of a waning United States influence in the Middle East has gained momentum. This shift has sparked debates about the extent of the US disengagement and the emerging roles of other global players, particularly China.