FP Virtual Dialogue: Great-Power Plays in the South Caucasus

December 8, 2021

How U.S. policy can promote stability among shifting borders and simmering tensions

For a Biden administration eager to reassert U.S. global leadership and repair its fractured diplomatic ties around the world, the South Caucasus is proving to be a critical—and complicated—battleground. U.S. economic interests in the region were declining even before its withdrawal from Afghanistan, and a sudden departure of both troops and diplomats produced political, humanitarian, and economic ripple effects across a region where stability has long been in short order. As increased investments from strategic competitors like China and Russia grow not only their economic but also political capital in the region, the U.S. risks losing influence in a vital lynchpin for Eurasian security and investment. China’s Free Trade Agreement with Georgia, coupled with Russian boots on the ground in Nagorno-Karabakh as well as in the Russian-backed breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, are clear evidence of both superpowers’ military and economic interests in the region.

Against a backdrop of growing great power competition, shifting borders, simmering ethnic tensions, and ongoing economic challenges in the South Caucasus, how can U.S. policy towards the region best reinforce ties and shore up stability? Join FP and AGECF for an important conversation about the latest developments in the South Caucasus, the security risks of losing ground, and how U.S. policies can best support effective strategic and economic engagement with the region. 

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Event Details
December 8, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Webinar login information will be provided upon registration.
Mamuka Bakhtadze
Former Prime Minister of Georgia
Mamuka Bakhtadze was the Prime Minister of Georgia from June 2018 through September 2019. In foreign policy, his two major priorities were further development and qualitative ad...
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Erika Olson
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Erika Olson is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State overseeing policy for Southern Europe and the Caucasus. She previously served as Director for Regional Political Military ...
Jason Bruder
University of St Andrews, Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies
Dr. Jason Bruder is a former career diplomat and senior staffer on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations ...
Thomas de Waal
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe
Tom de Waal is a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region. He is the author of numerous publications...
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John Herbst
Senior Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
Ambassador John E. Herbst is senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and served for thirty-one years as a foreign service officer in the US Department of Stat...
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Amy Mackinnon
Amy Mackinnon is a staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine. Originally from Scotland, she has reported from across Eastern Europe and was based in Moscow and Tbilisi Georgia as...
Andrew Sollinger
Publisher, Foreign Policy
Andrew Sollinger is Foreign Policy’s Publisher. He joined FP in March 2018 to oversee all revenue generating efforts through subscriptions, sponsorships, advertising, events, ...