LINKS Director addresses European security issues in keynote speech at NATO PA Baku Seminar.

LINKS Executive Director, Dennis Sammut was the keynote speaker at the 86th Rose-Roth Seminar organised by  the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in the Azerbaijani capital Baku from 16-18 June 2014. in his speech Dennis Sammut addressed key issues in European security and particularly the impact of the crisis in Ukraine on European security, and more specifically…

Democratisation, modernisation and globalisation – The EU and the hard tasks facing the three South Caucasus nations”

The European Policy Centre, a leading Brussels think-tank, has just published a policy brief prepared by LINKS Director, Dennis Sammut. Entitled “Democratisation, modernisation and globalisation – The EU and the hard tasks facing the three South Caucasus nations”, the paper looks at shortcomings that need to be addressed by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia as they…

Putin’s bizarre choice: Russian President’s first meetings with foreign leaders will be with the Presidents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The first meetings of the newly installed Russian President Vladimir Putin with foreign leaders are going to be with the Presidents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Kremlin announced that Putin will meet with his Abkhaz and South Ossetian counterparts in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday and Saturday. The decision reflects what many…

NATO Secretary General talks of “special partnership” with Georgia after meeting with President Saakashvili

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen praised Georgia’s commitment to NATO and to domestic reforms on 3 April as he welcomed President Mikheil Saakashvili to the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels. “Georgia is a special partner for NATO. You are committed to our operations, to NATO accession, and committed to reforms … In all, Georgia is…

Russian citizen detained in Georgia for having visited Abkhazia

Georgia’s borderguard service on Monday said it detained a Russian citizen over illegal entry into Abkhazia, which Tbilisi considers part of its sovereign territory. “Russian citizen Bella Vekua who illegally entered Abkhazia through [a checkpoint on] Psou River on September 17, 2010, was detained on March 29,” the press service said. It did not say…

ELECTIONSWATCH.ORG: news, information and analysis on elections related issues in the Caucasus Region.

2012 saw crucial parliamentary elections in Armenia and Georgia. In 2013 Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia will all have presidential elections. These elections are likely to define the region  for decades to come. Caucasus Elections Watch is a weekly publication prepared by the team of LINKS Analysis working with partners in the region. The publication is…