DROP ZONE: Geopolitics in the South Caucasus

Geopolitical tensions have significant security, economic, and humanitarian implications. Small shifts in political relationships between two countries can induce second and third order effects with impacts far beyond the borders of the involved countries.

The South Caucasus region, often considered a fault zone between East and West, is comprised of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. The region’s complex and dynamic geopolitical environment has implications on US foreign policy.

Continuing our initiative for international partnership, next week OTH will publish an article titled US -Russia Relations: Implications for the South Caucasus. Written by Dr. Benyamin Poghosyan, Vice President for Research of the Armenian National Defense Research University, the article discusses the geopolitical environment in the South Caucasus region from an Armenian perspective. Dr. Poghosyan has written prolifically on the geopolitical implications of US and Russian relations. His research focuses on the South Caucasus, and in this article, he summarizes his view of the consequences of recent political dynamics in the region.

The first portion of the article presents a review of the region’s political history following the end of the Cold War and establishes a foundation for the current political dynamics in the South Caucasus. The final two sections of the article discuss the implications of the current environment and open the door to future political and diplomatic considerations.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.


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