Challenges to the Security of South Caucasus Countries and NATO - 2016

19 July, 2016
“Challenges to the Security of South Caucasus Countries and NATO - 2016” conference was held on the internet discussion platform of “Region” Research Center on July 20-22.
 
The conference was organized within the frameworks the homonymious“Region” Research Center project supported by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division.
 
 
The following experts participated in the conference: 
 
Hayk Martirosyan (Armenia) – political scientist, PhD in Political Science
 
Hanna Shelest (Ukraine) – Editor-in-chief at UA:Ukraine Analytica, PhD in Political Science,
 
Vakhtang Maisaia (Georgia) – Chairman of the Georgian Institute for Geostrategic and Euro-Atlantic Integration,  counselor at the Mission of Georgia to NATO, PhD in Political Science,
 
Sergey Markedonov (Russia) –Associate Professor at Russian State University for the Humanities, PhD in Political Science.
 
The conference was moderated by Laura Baghdasaryan - Director of “Region” Research Center (Armenia). 
 
 
- What are the security challenges for South Caucasus countries in 2016, and what is the role of NATO and Russia in overcoming those?
-What is the difference of Warsaw NATO Summit in terms of the decisions made and the issues on which consensus has been reached?
-  What priority is given to Russia in NATO's agenda at this moment?
- What are the regions of “special responsibility” of Russia and NATO?
- Can the fight against international terrorism become a sphere of interaction between rival power centers?
- Is there a need for revision of the European security system? 
 
 
- What alliances are now being formed in the post-soviet space with participation of South Caucasus countries and what are their functions?
- Is Turkey (with its current foreign and domestic policy) perceived as NATO member by the neighboring countries and by Russia?
 
 
This is not the complete list of the questions and the aspects that were discussed during the three-day internet discussion. 
 
“Challenges to the Security of South Caucasus Countries and NATO - 2016” (20-22 July)
 
 
Following the results of Warsaw NATO Summit
 
Laura Baghdasaryan - I do not mean to seem over pessimistic, but from my point of view, the only stability we can talk about is the stably deepening global crisis for the past few year. I mean global not only in terms of the common challenges like international terrorism and migration  from South and East to the North, i.e. Europe, that can actually break the overall international civilization structure. I mean global also in sense of abscesses of different countries bursting one after the other and impairing significantly the feeling of security of the populations of those countries.
 
Here is the list of the three of the most recent events of these series: another terrorist attack in Europe (France, Nice, July 14), the military coup attempt in Turkey (July 15), capture of the police station in Yerevan by a group consisted mainly of Karabakh war combatants (July 16) and Armenia’s immediate incisive immersion into internal political crisis. NATO summit held on July 8-9 identified the most critical security challenges for its members, as well as for the so-called

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