Russia's national interests in the Transcaucasus and the U.S. policy implications for Armenian national security
Abelyan, Armen V.
Clunan, Anne L.
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The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate Armenian foreign policy toward the two major regional players-the United States and Russia. What are the United States' and Russia's security, economic, political and human rights interests in the South Caucasus? What are the regional security interdependencies and how are they influenced by these powers? What are the major determinants of Armenia's foreign policy? In its pursuit of national interests, what should be Armenia's foreign policy toward these powers? Answering these questions requires knowing Armenia's geopolitical environment, security concerns and historical experience. This thesis finds that Armenia, despite its limited natural resource base and geopolitical complexities, has managed its foreign relations and has addressed its national security concerns quite well. It has maintained good relations with both Russia and the United States, helping to reduce regional polarization and its own security dependence on either of the powers. The flexibility of its policy has allowed Armenia to adjust easily to global geopolitical and regional trends. Increasing U.S. involvement in the South Caucasus and the U.S.-Russian strategic partnership have opened up new avenues for Armenia to strengthen its security.
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