Richard D. Kauzlarich
Former Brookings Expert
Richard Kauzlarich served as national intelligence officer for Europe from September 2003 to April 2011. Formerly, he was director of the special initiative on the Muslim World at the United States Institute of Peace. Kauzlarich joined the Institute in 2002 after a 32-year career in the Foreign Service.
Moscow believes the current order in the Balkans was formed at a time when Russia was down and the West took advantage of that weakness.
If the Azerbaijanis were thinking about ways to increase the attractiveness of Azerbaijan as a strategic partner, they would... move in the opposite direction: releasing political prisoners, removing the restrictions on access to media and generally improving the human rights situation.
Croatia experienced a great deal of loss during the war, but the West, the U.S., the EU supported Croatia’s evolution and did everything we could to encourage the kind of leadership that would be necessary to undertake the EU process.
The rioting in Ismayilli -- as the rioting in Guba last year -- is an indication of popular concern about continuing human rights abuses and corruption in Azerbaijan… It is similar to incidents in China where local abuses and corruption have led to similar riots.
Richard Kauzlarich says one of the problems that plagued the Bosnian mission, known as UNPROFOR, was the parties’ unwillingness to stop fighting. “For whatever reasons, they saw war as the only solution to the political problem and UNPROFOR was given the impossible mission of trying to make peace in an environment where the people on the ground were not interested in peace," he said.