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Recent trends in the Black Sea region including: Ukraine’s revolution, the impending start of Turkish-EU accession talks and  changing policies among both local Caucasian governments and the major powers and security organizations, all suggest possibilities for launching a renewed, concerted,  and multilateral initiative for the resolution of long standing disputes in the area. This essay suggests conditions necessary for beginning such an initiative and proposes that there might be ways to leverage these developments to secure their acceptance by Russia. Nevertheless, even if Russia refuses to join this process, the West, should take advantage of these opportunities anyway. Such initiatives must be holistic in nature and present solutions for dealing with the established “war economy” of the region. The initiative should aim at both conflict resolution and democratization of the area which entails putting all military organizations under effective and legitimate democratic control.

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Stephen Blank
Stephen Blank
From the Desk of the Editor This issue of TPQ takes up a myriad of issues that the Middle East is grappling with today: from protracted conflicts and the increasing complexity of proxy wars, to changing regional blocs and emerging powers. The Arab uprisings of 2011 remain an important fulcrum for the changing political landscape of the Middle East, and as many of our authors contend, the underlying problems and basic drivers...
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