Keynote from South Caucasus: The Dividing Lines Are Shifting
On Monday, April 7th, GMF, in partnership with the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), hosted the conference “South Caucasus: The Dividing Lines Are Shifting” in Washington, DC. The opening keynote address was delivered by S. Frederick Starr, Chairman at the Central Asia-Caucuses Institute, Silk Road Studies Program and Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Starr explains how the events in Crimea are representative of a larger Russian tactic of seeking out geopolitical vacuums and promoting them, only to be the actor that then fills that void. He characterizes this strategy as "filling vacuums", and claimed the West, and the United States in particular, should be prepared to fill these vacuums if they are serious of halting further progress of Russia's revanchist designs.