THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S RUSSIA “RESET” POLICY AND THE SOUTHERN CAUCASUS
Mahir Khalifazadeh, Ph.D. (Political Science), Member of Canadian Political Science Association, and Professor of Political Science at the International Ecoenergy Academy (Toronto, Canada)
This article reviews the key priorities of President Obama’s “reset” policy with Russia. The author analyzes the impact of the “reset” on the Southern Caucasus. He emphasizes the region’s strategic importance for U.S. policy toward both the Greater Middle East and the post-Soviet space. The author discusses the failure of the “Russia reset” to improve America’s interests, particularly in the Southern Caucasus. He also evaluates the Putin doctrine priorities and the implications of the Crimean crisis. The author calls for new U.S. initiatives to enforce peace, international borders, and America’s strategic interests in the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia.
Keywords: President Obama’s “reset” policy, Russia, the Southern Caucasus, Central Asia, Azerbaijan, the Contract of the Century, the Eurasian Union.
Since the collapse of the U.S.S.R., the Southern Caucasus has been an arena for the power struggle between the West and Russia. The Southern Caucasus is acquiring greater importance due to its geostrategic location and access to the Caspian’s energy resources. Geographically, the region is a land bridge between the Black and Caspian Seas. Its proximity to………….