POWERS AND REGIONAL SECURITY SYSTEMS: PARAMETERS AND TYPES OF INVOLVEMENT
(POST-SOVIET SPACE CASE STUDY)
Jannatkhan Eyvazov, Ph.D. (Political Science), Deputy Director of the Institute of Strategic Studies of the Caucasus, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Central Asia and the Caucasus (Baku, Azerbaijan)
It is hardly possible to correctly and fully assess the functioning and development of a regional security system without presenting a complete account of the entire range of ties and relations among the actors involved and the degree of influence of all the powers concerned.
Based on a case study of the post-Soviet space, the author studies the involvement of powers in regional security systems; his analysis of the key parameters of this involvement makes it possible for him to identify and describe two types of involvement: full and partial.
Keywords: regional security system, political environment of a regional system, powers, involvement, post-Soviet space, Central Eurasia, post-Soviet security macrocomplex, Russia, Turkey, Iran, China, EU, the U.S.
A Regional Security System (RSS) can include all types of actors: they can be ordinary states and those that can consistently project their influence beyond their territories and are usually called powers. The powers’ involvement determines the system’s development.
The type of involvement of a power in an RSS varies according to its underlying interests; the same parameter determines whether this actor should be regarded as part of the system or within the political environment of an RSS. The former presupposes that the power is involved in a web of security interdependencies in all the segments of the system up to and including corresponding ties with all of the system’s states. The interests that create the main ties are……………….