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Assessing Caspian Naval Defenses: Threats and Opportunities

Assessing Caspian Naval Defenses: Threats and Opportunities

Russia’s use of its naval capabilities in the Caspian Sea to strike Ukraine emphasizes the strategic importance that the landlocked body of water can play. Restricted access to the Caspian Sea, an important route for transcontinental shipping and energy transit, accentuates the power disparity of the different navies and coast guards that operate in the region. The attack on Ukraine marks a shift in Russian policy, and its use of the Caspian fleet potentially reflects the changing security demands of the region as well as the traditional challenges of preventing trans-Caspian smuggling.


We invite you to join the Caspian Policy Center for a panel discussion on the implications of Russia’s use of the Caspian Sea on the South Caucasus and Central Asia and the long-term security challenges for the littoral states.

10:00 – 10:05 am   Welcome Remarks 

  •  Moderator: Rear Admiral (ret.) Ron MacLaren, Senior Fellow, Caspian Policy Center

10:05 – 10:30 Opening Statements

  • Rear Admiral (ret.) Ken Carodine, Former Deputy Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command
  • Luke Coffey, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
  • Major General (ret.) Michael Repass, Senior Fellow, Caspian Policy Center
  • Brianne Todd, Assistant Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies

10:30 – 11:00 Moderated Discussion and Q&A