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The Caucasus and Central Asia, where Eurasia joins South Asia and the Middle East, look vulnerable. Burdened by inadequate, but authoritarian governance, ethnic conflict, economic challenges, corruption, and other difficulties, none of the region’s states is succeeding. Cooperation among them is stunted, and global connections, except in energy, are little developed. New strategies are needed. These countries need to fashion more cooperative relations among themselves, and they need more effectively to be drawn into the global system and economy. The Atlantic Council’s Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum aims to support this work.


Ross Wilson
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Foreword Following the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, there had been a shared sense of hope for a more peaceful future for the European continent. Unfortunately, this comfortability disappeared after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to march against the Ukrainian forces throughout the border on 24 February 2022. This marked a turning point not only for the...