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Armenia - Turkey rapprochement is important not only for alternative regional energy solutions but also for the establishment of peace and stability in the Caucasus. The United States, in the context of President Obama’s policies emphasizing engagement rather than confrontation, has encouraged Turkey to refrain from isolating Armenia. The West is by now convinced that Azerbaijan cannot serve as an alternative to Russia for natural gas supplies. One reason for this is Azerbaijan’s small production volume. Another is the instability of the transit route, highlighted again by the August 2008 “South Ossetia War”.

 
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Hakob Chakryan
Hakob Chakryan
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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