Alexander Rayko Alexiev was named for his father, the famous painter, caricaturist, and satirist Rayko Alexiev, who was tortured and killed by Bulgaria’s Soviet-backed communist regime in 1944. His mother was dispatched for many years to Bulgaria’s gulag from which she was fortunate to emerge alive. These events created the context for their son’s life and work, which was intense, focused, intellectually profound, spirited, and inspirational. Unsurprisingly, Alex harbored a deep-seated hatred of communism and those who claimed to follow it, or who advanced preposterous claims on its behalf. He was raised largely by his grandparents and other relatives, for whom he had the deepest love and respect. His grandfather, in particular, figured in many of Alex’s recollections of his childhood, which were invariably full of dark humor.
Two weeks ago an event took place at the posh offices of a prominent Washington law firm with an incredible view of the nearby White House. But the discussion had little to do with U.S. presidential politics. Hosted by the America-Georgia Business Council, the high-powered conference focused on a single subject: the strategic impact of the Chinese New Silk Road project on the economies and geopolitics of Georgia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Assembled for the conference was group of prominent American and foreign scholars and government officials led by the distinguished American historian on Central Asia and the Caucasus, S. Frederick Starr; geopolitical guru S. Enders Wimbush; the head of Georgia’s central bank, Koba Gvenetadze; and key officials of British Petroleum (BP), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC),
BulgariaAnalytica organized the first public meeting on the topic „ Geopolitical and Geoenergy Dilemmas in the Intermarium Region – the US, EU and Russian Agendas,“ which was held on September 21 in Sofia. You can watch a recording of the lecture of S. Enders Wimbush: “OVERVIEW OF RECENT GEOPOLITICAL TURMOIL IN EURASIA AND EASTERN EUROPE AND ITS IMPACT ON ENERGY POLICY“. S. Enders Wimbush (USA) – studied Central Asia and the Caucasus at University of Chicago. He has worked as a strategist of future security environments at StrateVarious LLC, Booz Allen Hamilton, and other leading consultancies. He served as Senior Director at the German Marshall Fund (2010-2012) and Senior Vice President of Hudson Institute (2004-2010). Mr. Wimbush was nominated by the President to be a Governor of the United
Not far from Bulgaria, just across the Black Sea, Georgia will hold an important election on November 8. Georgia is Bulgaria’s maritime borderland, so it is also Europe’s borderland, not just some mythical far-flung geographic hinge at the junction of Europe and Asia where Jason sought the Golden Fleece. What happens in Georgia now resonates in many directions, not least toward Europe itself, with implications that should not be ignored. Georgia has been one of the great success stories of the Soviet demise. Despite having Russian troops seize 20 percent of its territory in 2008, Georgia has remained a stable democracy and an increasingly prosperous free market. It ranks high on just about every index Europeans hold dear. Independent media, a vibrant democracy, low corruption, and strong human
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