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Majlis Podcast: The Caspian Sea Agreement — What’s Next?

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It’s been a week since the presidents of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan met in the Kazakh city of Aqtau and signed the Convention On The Legal Status Of The Caspian Sea.

This agreement should have ended any disputes about use of the Caspian and its resources, but it did not.

So, in this latest Majlis podcast, RFE/RL’s media-relations manager, Muhammad Tahir, moderated a discussion on what the agreement said and some of the points of the agreement that are still being debated.

Participating in the discussion from Ottawa, Canada, was Robert Cutler, a senior research fellow at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University. Giorgi Vashakhmadze, the Georgian prime minister’s adviser for the East-West energy corridor, also took part from Tbilisi. And joining us from Washington D.C. was Zachary Witlin, who specializes in the political economy and geopolitics of Eurasia at the Eurasia Group. Since I was just in Aqtau for the Caspian summit, I had a few things to say as well.

Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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