Russia’s Real Drive to the South

During 1994, a number of trends and events converged to wrest the Caucasus and Transcaucasia out of obscurity and on to Europe’s security agenda.’ The regional ethnic conflicts, the war in Chechnya, and Russia’s broader bid to create new spheres of political and economic influence within and beyond the CIS have come together to present significant continental threats. Unless the Western powers resist this resurgent Russian neo-imperialism, it will increase threats to European security.

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