The Caucasus

Authored by: Maxim A. Suchkov

Routledge Handbook of Russian Foreign Policy

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138690448
eBook ISBN: 9781315536934
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The chapter discusses Russia’s role and policies in the Caucasus. International security environment and domestic factors are discussed as relevant for understanding Russia’s action in the region. Moscow played a key role in mediating conflicts in the region seeking to address its own interests and concerns. The chapter discusses both Northern and South Caucasus dimensions of Russian foreign policy. The author evaluates the effectiveness of such policy in terms of meeting Russia’s objectives and providing stability in the region during the 2000s and following the crisis in Ukraine, and provides an assessment of future challenges. The chapter concludes by reflecting on possible problems in stabilizing the region given the contentious nature of Russia-West relations.

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