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The Ukraine War and the Caucasus: Is Russia Losing Both?

Mon, Nov 14, 2022, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Featuring: Mr. Erik Khzmalyan
Location: The Institute of World Politics - 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

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The Ukraine War and the Caucasus: Is Russia Losing Both?

Mr. Erik Khzmalyan
Geopolitical Analyst specializing in U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security

Monday, November 14, 2022
3:00-4:00 PM EST

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th St. NW
Washington D.C. 20036
Marlatt Mansion, Commodore Barry Room
Getting to campus


About the Lecture: Following the Second Nagorno Karabakh War in 2020 which ended with Armenia’s disastrous defeat, the Russian peacekeeping force was effectively deployed to the areas previously controlled by Armenian forces. Pundits were quick to call Moscow as one of the main losers of the war. However, a more nuanced examination of regional dynamics shows that the opposite was true and that the Kremlin had gained the Caucasus lock, stock, and barrel. Nevertheless, Moscow’s botched invasion of Ukraine has created security vacuums throughout the former Soviet space including the Caucasus due to Russia’s significantly reduced military capacity.

Erik Khzmalyan will explore the changing balance-of-power in the Caucasus and examine whether Russia is poised to lose its traditional regional dominance as a result of the Ukraine war.

About the Speaker: Erik Khzmalyan is a geopolitical analyst specializing in US foreign policy and national security. Khzmalyan has written extensively on foreign policy issues with articles in The National Interest, American Spectator, Asia Times, and Providence Magazine. He has appeared as a speaker in various public lectures and panel discussions including in The American Political Science Association, The Institute of World Politics, the Applied Policy Research Institute (APRI), and Forum on International Affairs. Khzmalyan holds a BA in Political Science from Southwest Minnesota State University and an MA in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from The Institute of World Politics.

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