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Thursday, 14 March 2013

CACI FORUM: Iran and the Caucasus

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Thursday, March 14, 2013


"Central Asia-Caucasus Institute"

Iran and the Caucasus

Iran's expanding activities with respect to the three independent states of the Caucasus have scarcely been noticed, but warrant close attention. To what extent are these normal and simply a revival of the commercial and cultural relationships dating back centuries before the Russian Empire expanded into the region? To what extent are they, rather, the product of destabilizing ideological or geopolitical aspirations in Tehran today? And, if the latter, what are their broader implications to the region and to the world order and how should the U.S. respond?

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Brenda Shaffer, Non-Resident Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute; Senior Lecturer, School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa

Alex Vatanka, Scholar, Middle East Institute; former Managing Editor of Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst (London, 2006-10)

Temuri Yakobashvili, German Marshall Fund; former Ambassador of Georgia to the U.S. (Nov. 20, 2010 to Feb. 28, 2013)


S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins U.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
5-7 PM

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Caspian Region. The Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, forms part of a Joint Center with the Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy. Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at



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