POLITICAL STRUCTURE OF THE POST-SOVIET REGION AND NATIONAL SECURITY OF AZERBAIJAN
Jannatkhan Eyvazov, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Central Asia and the Caucasus Journal of Social and Political Studies (Baku, Azerbaijan)
The author analyzes the impact of the current Ukrainian crisis on the political structure of the post-Soviet region and national security of the Azerbaijan Republic. The events that have been unfolding in Ukraine since 2014 can be described as the acutest crisis in the relations between the Russian Federation and the West since the end of the Cold War, while the emerging situation is fraught with changes at the regional level and in the security context of all the post-Soviet states.
At the regional level, these changes have added to structural instability and, hence, transitivity. Azerbaijan, as a regional state, is facing greater structural risks accompanied by much fewer economic and political opportunities to implement its national security strategy.
Keywords: the Ukrainian crisis-2014, post-Soviet space, regional security system, Post-Soviet Security Macrocomplex, political structure, structural instability, Russia, the West, Azerbaijan, national security.
In the early 1990s, the united Soviet state disappeared to be replaced with an anarchically organized regional political system; the fifteen independent states started working on their foreign policy. The Russian Federation remained the only geopolitical actor that could project its influence on the regional scale and the key security factor for the newly independent states. This meant that the dynamics of the security relations among them and their contacts with the external powers depended along with endogenous factors on Russia’s geopolitical interests and activity.
Russia consistently opposed all attempts by the newly independent states to withdraw from its “near abroad” and move closer to the extra-regional poles of power. In the 1990s, a time of…………