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“Averting Crisis in the Caucasus – Is Russia a Partner or a Spoiler?”
On June 20, 2012, the Honorables John Evans and Richard Karlzarich, debated whether the United States should engage with Russia to assist in the resolution of the various conflicts occurring in the Caucasus region. In an area of the world where corruption, suppression of media and political opposition and human rights concerns add to internal pressures affecting regional tensions between Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, the participation of regional powers may be crucial to diffusing an escalation from words to bloodshed. Given Russia’s history in the region, can the United States trust it as a partner is resolving the Caucasus crisis? Dr. Molly O’Neal, adjunct professor of Comparative and Regional Studies at American University moderated the debate, co-sponsored with the Center for Transatlantic Relations at John Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.