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The Eurasian Union: Undermining Economic Freedom and Prosperity in the South Caucasus

The Heritage Foundation
November 27, 2013
By James M. Roberts, Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. and Jonathan Blaisdel
Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking economic and political alliances to counterbalance the influence of the U.S., the European Union, China, and transnational Islamism. Putin is determined to strengthen Moscow’s hegemony in the “near abroad”—the post-Soviet space. One of the instruments he has created to achieve that strategic objective is the Russia-dominated Eurasian Union (EAU). In 2011 Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus signed an agreement creating the EAU with the goal of making it fully operational by 2015. Putin has been pressuring Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, as well as other Eastern European and Eurasian states, to join.

Ariel Cohen: Islamic Terrorism in Russia

Published on May 9, 2013 Dr. Ariel Cohen, Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy, The Heritage Foundation [Click here for transcript: http://bit.ly/14zdyVE] Topic: Islamic Terrorism in Russia: Implications for U.S. National Security Recorded at Center for Security Policy’s National Security Group Lunch on Capitol Hill

Ariel Cohen on Azerbaijan

Published on Feb 25, 2013 ARIEL COHEN – Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., is a well-known Washington-based foreign, economic and security policy expert. His particular expertise lies in the areas of Russia’s economic and financial policy; U.S.-Russian relations; Caspian pipeline security; ethnic conflict; and relationships between Russia and the New Independent States (NIS). He also has expertise

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