Vladimir Socor is a Senior Fellow of the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, and he writes analytical articles on a daily basis in the Eurasia Daily Monitor. Socor is an internationally recognized expert on the former Soviet-ruled countries in Europe, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia. Socor covers Russian and Western policies, focusing on regional security issues, secessionist conflicts, energy policies, and NATO policies and programs.
Friday March, 4
Panel IV: Ghosts from the Past, Phantoms of the Future? Protracted Conflicts in Former Soviet Territories and the Invasion of Ukraine
It started piecemeal. Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Transnistria. Crimea. Luhansk and Donetsk. The preceding are only a few of the disputed territories that splintered away from various polities in the decades following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Now, Russia has declared a war on Ukraine that would relegate the entirety of the country to the same vassalized status. To what extent does the current state of affairs of these regions represent frozen conflicts with no prospect of settlement? Might the war in Ukraine provide an opportunity to settle these conflicts? This panel will go over these topics and more.