Started off to pen my random thoughts and ramblings. Now, its become more travel based and lesser of random thoughts.
But it will always be "Random Thoughts on non-trivial matters"
Equal parts offbeat travel blog and equal parts about other things that interest me.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Borderlands - possibilities
Baku is strategic again today, partly because of oil. I've started the journey here partly by convenience and partly because Azerbaijan is key to any counter-Russian strategy that might emerge. My purpose on this trip is to get a sense of the degree to which individual European states feel threatened by Russia, and if they do, the level of effort and risk they are prepared to endure. For Europe does not exist as anything more than a geographic expression; it is the fears and efforts of the individual nation-states constituting it that will determine the course of this affair. Each nation is different, and each makes its own calculus of interest. My interest is to understand their thinking, not only about Russia but also about the European Union, the United States and ultimately themselves. Each is unique; it isn't possible to make a general statement about them.