REGIONAL SECURITY ISSUES:
2008

Regional Security Issues (2008)

Edited by Dr. Gayane Novikova

Co-Edited by Sergey Sargsyan

Translated by Ashot Melyan


Contents
Preface 9
Gayane Novikova Shifts in Security in the South Caucasus: Summing up of 2008 10
Tedo Japaridze Dilemmas of Security and the Risks in the Black Sea/ Caspian Zone. The Exploded Region or Comeback to Realpolitik? 20
Yaşar Yakiş Black Sea, Caucasus and the Georgian Crisis 31
George Tarkhan-Mouravi 2008 in Georgia and Some Implications for Its Future 42
Sergey Markedonov “The Five-Day War:” the Results and Consequences for Russia 58
Oleksandr Sushko Regional Security and the Ukrainian Strategic Interests in the Black Sea Region 75
Mohammad Hassan Khani Concerns and Policies of Big Players in the Caucasus: an Iranian Perspective 83
Tadeusz Swiętochowski Islamic Trends in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan 90
Sayfullo Safarov Enlargement of the SCO as a Factor of Strengthening its Impact on Ensuring Security

in Central Asia

98
Sergey Sargsyan Turkmenistan: the Policy of Multi-   Vector Promises 107
Tatul Manaseryan Demographic Security: Global Concerns and Local Implications 118
About the Authors