This book explores developments in the countries of the South Caucasus – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – since the EU included the region in the European Neighbourhood Policy in 2003. It considers issues related to energy, ethnic conflict, steps towards regional integration, and, above all, security – including the involvement of Russia, Iran, Turkey and the United States. It assesses the key importance of energy, argues that the prospects for regional integration are weak, and contends that while the approach of Europe and the United States has been confused and weak, not holding out great hope of EU or NATO membership, Russia’s interest and involvement in the region is strong, and growing.
Table of Contents
Part I: The South Caucasus as a Region
2. The European Union’s Region Building in the South Caucasus: The Making and Un-Making of a Region
3. The South Caucasus as a Cusp Region: Dynamics of Regionalism in the European Borderlands
Part II: Foreign Policy
4. Georgia: Identity, Foreign Policy, and the Politics of "Euro-Atlantic Integration"
5. Foreign Policy Orientations and Priorities of Armenia
6. Foreign Policy Postures and Priorities of Azerbaijan
Part III: Europeanization
7. The South Caucasus and European Security
8. The European Union and Ethno-territorial Conflicts in the South Caucasus
9. Regional Powers and Security in the Caucasus
10. Regional Cooperation Initiatives in South Caucasus
Part: IV: Energy
11. Pipeline Politics: The South Caucasus and European Energy Security
12. Regional Energy Cooperation along Europe’s Southern Energy Corridor
13. The Energy Charter as a Framework for Intergovernmental Cooperation in the Energy Markets of the South Caucasus States
Part V: Security
14. Russia and the South Caucasus
15. The United States, the South Caucasus, and Euro-Atlantic Integration
16. European Neighbourhood Policy and the South Caucasus Challenge
Meliha B. Altunışık is a Professor of International Relations at Middle East Technical University at Ankara, Turkey.
Oktay F. Tanrisever is a Professor of International Relations at Middle East Technical University at Ankara, Turkey.