HASAN – Circassians in their 150th year: the present and the future

Circassians in their 150th year: the present and the futureThe Federation of Caucasian Associations (KAFFED) organized a comprehensive conference titled andquotCircassians in their 150th year: the present and the futureandquot in Ankara between Dec. 13-14, with the attendance of 48 speakers.

The topics discussed in the conference included the Ukrainian crisis, which has started to affect Turkey and the North Caucasus, Russiaand#39s increasing isolation and the priority it is giving to security policies and the change in Russiaand#39s North Caucasus policy and its moves to restrict the sovereignty of AbkhaziaThe Ukrainian crisis wasnand#39t discussed much and it failed to make a big agenda item However, it is the most important crisis that has occurred between the West and Russia since the end of the Cold War This political crisis is evolving into a comprehensive crisis with economic and military aspects. It is deepening and there is no sign of abatement.

This crisis is also a new development for Russia As the West andldquootherizesandrdquo Russia, Russia imposes self-isolation and becomes more and more centralized.The Western-Russian crisis is now starting to affect the South Caucasus as well.

Baku holds Russia responsible for the rekindling of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue between Azerbaijan and Armenia It believes that Russia is trying to exert pressure on Azerbaijan using the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. In Georgia, pro-European Union ministers were forced to resign.

Armenia is being pressured to become a member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). With an agreement made between Russia and the government of Abkhazia, the sovereignty of Abkhazia has been restricted.

This was a real shock to people in Abkhazia Abkhaz intellectuals and politicians have opted not to raise objections to this agreement, fearing their opposition might endanger the countryand#39s independence and stability.Abkhazia is boiling inside.

If the Abkhaz people do not raise an objection to this restriction, their silence is nothing but despair The situation in South Ossetia is even worse. Having restricted Abkhaziaand#39s sovereignty, Russia is preparing to swallow South Ossetia like Crimea Russiaand#39s federal structure is being undermined.

The political rights the Russian Federationand#39s nations had inherited from the era of the Soviet Union are being pruned. A legal infrastructure is being created to allow the Kremlin increased clout over the North Caucasus.

This signals the beginning of a new era in Russia This era is characterized by increased power in the center, the prioritization of security policies and the creation of domestic and external enemies. If Russia is faced with a serious economic crisis, this will persuade the Kremlin to restrict its resource transfers to federal republics in the North Caucasus.

This, in turn, may bring about the economic and political instability of the North Caucasus.In this era, nations will be required to choose sides as during World War I, World War II and the Cold War Depending on the side they choose, their fate will be determined.

With the Westand#39s political and economic pressure on the Russian Federation mounting and its military pressure about to kick off, does Turkey have any chance of saying andquotI am not in this gameandquot? What would Turkey win or lose if it plays the game.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman