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The Foreign Policy of Post-Soviet Georgia: Strategic Idealism and the Russian Challenge; Vasif Huseynov

By ilgar Gurbanov

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Jan 18, 2016 - 12:14 PM

This article discusses Georgia’s foreign policy in the aftermath of the disintegration of the USSR in the early 1990s in regard to its relations with Russia. This perspective reveals the entrenched traditions of strategic idealism in the country’s political culture, and argues that this approach has shaped Georgia’s foreign policy strategies. On this basis, regardless of the geographic and geopolitical challenges, since the early years of independence, Georgia has remained committed to the pursuit of EU and NATO membership. This Western-oriented geopolitical predisposition caused the gradual deterioration of its ties with Russia, and eventually led to the current deadlock in bilateral relations. Through its analysis of the foreign policy of the Georgian Dream coalition, the article concludes that current relations between Russia and Georgia vacillate between rapprochement and confrontation, jeopardizing the security of the region as a whole. Read more...

Book review: 'World Order' by Henry Kissinger

By ilgar Gurbanov

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Sep 30, 2015 - 2:52 PM

Vol. 5 • No: 1 • Spring 2015 - Displacement, Refugees and Migration in the Caucasus and Eurasia Read more...

Caucasus International Vol. 1 No: 2 - Autumn 2011

By Editor CI

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Oct 12, 2014 - 12:31 AM


Caucasus under Review: Recently Published

By Editor CI

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Dec 23, 2014 - 12:05 PM

The Caucasus is a region of both great diversity and potential; it is also a region about which much remains to be discovered. However, during the last decade, numerous publications on the region have enabled us to better comprehend this diversity and potential. In this sense, this section aims to introduce a number of these publications in order to keep our readers up-to-date with the available literature. Read more...

NATO’s Energy Security Agenda and its Possible Applications in the South Caucasus; Péter Stepper & Kinga Szálkai

By ilgar Gurbanov

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Jan 19, 2015 - 12:09 PM

Over the past decades and in the course of a complex discourse, NATO has decided to undertake a role in energy security. From one perspective, the Alliance has already reached a kind of ‘acquis’ related to energy security, based on three strategic priorities: political consultation and intelligence sharing; projecting stability; and protection of nuclear and non-nuclear critical energy infrastructure. On the other hand, NATO’s current activities suggest that it will not take on a leading role, but rather a limited and complementary one. After analyzing the theoretical discourse around the emerging NATO agenda on energy security, the article addresses its practical implications for the South Caucasus. The article explores NATO’s possible contributions to the regional energy security. First, it examines the potential of a traditional deterrencebased approach, before assessing the forms of preventive approaches developed by NATO. The article concludes that cooperation in the framework of partnership programs has been developing in line with the functional security concept, increasing the partner states’ capability to respond to emerging energy security challenges, while also contributing to the security of NATO member states. Read more...

Caucasus International Vol. 1 No: 1 - Summer 2011

By Editor CI

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Oct 12, 2014 - 12:27 AM


Book Review: 'Is the American Century Over' by Joseph S. Nye, Jr

By ilgar Gurbanov

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Sep 30, 2015 - 3:28 PM


Linking the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Eurasian Economic Union: Mission Impossible?; Alexander Libman

By Editor CI

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Jul 25, 2016 - 3:41 PM

The goal of the paper is to examine the prospects for cooperation between two ambitious regional integration projects in Eurasia – the Chinese Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Both Chinese and Russian leadership proclaim their goal of linking these two initiatives; however, the actual potential for cooperation is disputed by observers. This paper argues that the EEU and the SREB are strikingly different in terms of their design and goals – however, it is precisely these differences that create the possibility of the projects’ co-existence in the Eurasian space, creating positive spillovers, as well as a limited agenda for more explicit cooperation. However, there are also important obstacles to cooperation: namely the growing protectionism in Russia; the danger of redistributional conflicts between the states of Eurasia; as well as broader geopolitical concerns. Read more...

Book review: 'Nagorno-Karabakh: History Read from Sources' by Ramiz Mehdiyev:

By Editor CI

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Dec 23, 2014 - 12:03 PM

Caucasus International; Vol. 4 • No: 3-4 • Winter 2014-2015 Read more...
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