By Tomáš Baranec
October 2nd, 2015, The CACI Analyst
According to a recent survey by the U.S. National Democratic Institute, support for membership in the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has doubled in Georgia since 2014, to 31 percent. Simultaneously, support for the trade agreement between Georgia and the EU fell from 80 percent before the Ukraine crisis to 68 percent in April 2015. Many commentators have linked this development with a temporal disappointment among Georgians with the country’s slow western integration following the Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit in Riga. Others stress the Russian “soft offensive” on Georgia conducted through Russian-sponsored media and NGOs. However, the underlying reasons for why increasing numbers of Georgians become receptive to demands for reorienting the country towards Russia may be deeper, less temporal and much more serious.
By Natalia Konarzewska
September 15th, 2015, The CACI Analyst
Armenia’s economy is currently experiencing a significant decline, which is primarily caused by spillover from Russia’s recession. At the end of 2014, Armenia’s national currency, the dram, saw rapid depreciation, which boosted inflation. Falling remittances from Russia are putting additional pressure on the dram, negatively affecting the livelihood of many ordinary citizens. Additionally, export volumes to Russia, which is Armenia’s top export destination, have decreased significantly. Armenia currently has few options to boost its faltering economy due to a falling number of foreign direct investments, high national debt and a shortfall of budget revenue. Economic forecasts for Armenia remain grim and since June the country has seen a wave of protests over the price hike on electricity.
CACI Analyst, September 2, 2015
A WEAKENED INSURGENCY PRECLUDES IS INROADS TO THE NORTH CAUCASUS, by Emil Aslan Souleimanov
BEIJING WAIVERS ON AFGHANISTAN SECURITY COMMITMENT, by Richard Weitz
IRAN’S REENTRY ON GAS MARKETS AND CHALLENGES TO TAPI, by Najia Badykova INDIA AND THE CPEC PROJECT: TO OPPOSE OR NOR TO OPPOSE?, by Sudha Ramachandran
TURKMEN STATE COMPANY TO LEAD CONSORTIUM FOR TAPI PIPELINE PROJECT, by Tavus Rejepova
NATO OPENS MILITARY TRAINING CENTER IN GEORGIA, by Eka Janashia
NATURAL DISASTERS IN TAJIKISTAN, by Kirgizbek Kanunov
By Eka Janashia (09/02/2015 issue of the CACI Analyst)
On August 27, the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC) was opened at the Krtsanisi military facility outside Tbilisi as a part of “substantial package” granted to Georgia by NATO at the Wales summit in September 2014.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who was the major guest at the inauguration ceremony, said that JTEC will cement NATO-Georgia cooperation and ensure the alliance’s enlarged presence in the country.
CACI Analyst, July 19, 2015
WAS THE SCO SUMMIT IN UFA A BREAKTHOUGH?, by Stephen Blank
ECONOMIC CRISIS LOOMS IN THE NORTH CAUCASUS, by Natalia Konarzewska
ARMENIA AND THE IRAN DEAL, by Armen Grigoryan
TBILISI COURT RESTRICTS OPERATION OF GEORGIA’S LARGEST TV COMPANY, by Eka Janashia
KYRGYZSTAN DENOUNCES COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH U.S., by Arslan Sabyrbekov
NEW PROSPECTS IN ARMENIA-GEORGIA RELATIONS, by Erik Davtyan
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