Geopolitics And Security
(A New Strategy For The South Caucasus)
The South Caucasus region is at the nexus of various economic, political, and energy interests and is currently witnessing sonre of the world's most complex and dangerous challenges. It features weak states, direct and proxy wars, and a conﬂuence of great power interests. It is also a prism for fundamental challenges to the international system, including separatism, security, energy transit, and infrastructure. Strategically, the South Caucasus sits at the crossroads of global markets: Central Asia and Chinatotheeast;TurkeyandEuropetothewest; Russia to the north; and Iran and the Middle East tothesouth. However, the lack of regional unityand unresolved frozen and protracted conﬂicts remain the biggest hurdles to developing a ﬁmctioning regional security architecture and market. In this volume, authored by a group of international and regional scholars, the following questions are asked: What do recent geopolitical changes in the wider region and the growing activities of other regional powers such as Iran, Russia, and Turkey mean for the South Caucasus? How can the EU rmdertake a strategic shiﬁ to widen its view of the region to include the wider Caucasus, Caspian, and Black Sea region?
The book is essential reading for students and researchers of the wider Black Sea region, the Eastern Partnership, energy and economic policy.