Rise of Radical Islamism in South Caucasus to be discussed in Washington
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 4 /Trend S.Ahmedova/
A conference on the 'Rise of Radical Islamism in the South Caucasus: The Threat and the Response' will be held at the Hudson Institute in Washington on October 10, the Hudson Institute's official website said.
The conference topic is especially timely as the U.S. continues its withdrawal from Afghanistan, instability mounts in North Africa and the Middle East, and Tehran continues to reject international calls for a halt to its enrichment activities, the Hudson Institute's website said.
The conference will be attended by the Director of Global Programmes of APCO Worldwide Joshua Walker, Hudson Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for Political-Military Analysis Richard Weitz and Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy at the Heritage Foundation, Ariel Cohen.
The experts will discuss the following issues: Given this situation, how can South Caucasian governments and the international community prevent the spread of radicalism and promote traditions of tolerant Islam that allow co-existence and cooperation among Christians, Jews, and Sunni and Shia Muslims? What is the U.S. security strategy and vision for the Caucasus region? What is Iran's strategy in the South Caucasus and to what extent should the region shape U.S.-Iran relations?