THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATIONS RUSSIA RESET POLICY AND THE SOUTHERN CAUCASUS

Mahir KHALIFAZADEH


Mahir Khalifazadeh, Ph.D. (Political Science), Member of Canadian Political Science Association, and Professor of Political Science at the International Ecoenergy Academy (Toronto, Canada)


ABSTRACT

This article reviews the key priorities of President Obamas reset policy with Russia. The author analyzes the impact of the reset on the Southern Caucasus. He emphasizes the regions 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 Americas 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 Americas strategic interests in the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia.

Keywords: President Obamas reset policy, Russia, the Southern Caucasus, Central Asia, Azerbaijan, the Contract of the Century, the Eurasian Union.

Introduction

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 Caspians energy resources. Geographically, the region is a land bridge between the Black and Caspian Seas. Its proximity to.


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