The Caspian Energy and Environment Bulletin is a forum for ideas, commentary and discussion concerning issues facing the most dynamic geographical region in world politics today: the Caspian basin.
As political, social and economic barriers between Caspian and EU capitals continue to crumble, so too does the distance between Berlin, Baku and the shores of the Caspian Sea appear to be decreasing. The EU’s Eastern Partnership policy further entwines the political interests of Europe and the former Soviet states, most significantly around the future supply of energy. However, as some barriers fall we must recognise that others grow higher: as political rancour between the West and Iran grows, Tehran appears further away than ever. Russia, also, retains an uneven relationship with both Europe and its southern neighbours. Furthermore, there remain questions over the development of democracy across a region where no state can claim flawless progress.
Our new publication gives a platform to the Berlin-based researchers and professionals connected to, and working within, the Berlin Centre for Caspian Region Studies (BC CARE) at the Free University. Among our international team are students from each of the five former Soviet Republics of Central Asia, Iran, Azerbaijan, and further afield, in addition to experienced academic staff and industry contacts.