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Trans-Caspian Energy and Trade Corridor 

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has underscored the need to reduce dependency on Russia for energy resources. Russia has long been the main source of oil and gas for Europe, and Moscow has made sure that all energy traverses through its territory. The Kremlin’s weakening, exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine, is an opportunity to establish a connective channel linking Central Asia and the South Caucasus region to Turkey and then on to Europe. This project seeks to understand the geopolitical arrestors in the path of the development of this corridor and identify what the United States and its allies and partners can do to realize it.