"Why Russia Risks all in Dagestan"

Louis Proyect lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Tue Aug 17 11:00:25 MDT 1999

Final 2 paragraphs of NYT op-ed piece by Robert Kaplan:

Despite the region's instability and the Caspian's oil riches, the Caucasus
does not get sufficient attention from the West. In the early and
mid-1990's, the West focused on the plight of Bosnian Muslims, and paid
little attention to the simultaneous violent expulsion of at least a
million Azeris from the Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and ethnic
Georgians from breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

This does not mean the Caucasus needs the same level of Western
intervention as in the Balkans. Special forces units to protect regional
leaders from assassination, more cooperation with the Turkish military,
normalized relations with Iran and constant engagement with Armenia to help
wean it from Russian military support are some of the things that can
project power without shedding blood. The West virtually ignored the
Balkans until war erupted in 1991. Now is the time to think ahead regarding
the Caucasus and Caspian Sea.


Louis Proyect


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