This issue of the Caucasus Analytical Digest examines the foreign policies of Azerbaijan and Georgia. Rashad Shirinov analyzes the evolution of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy from an initial preference for a Western orientation towards a more balanced and independent foreign policy course resulting from the country’s energy wealth and increased confidence. Kornely Kakachia analyzes the role of identity in Georgia’s foreign policy as a determinant of its strong pro-Western orientation. George Khelashvili examines how Georgia’s ambition to defy Russian influence through integration into Euro-Atlantic structures constitutes an uncertain gamble that makes the country heavily reliant on Western assistance.
2012 © Center for Security Studies (CSS), Heinrich Böll Foundation, Resource Security Institute (RSI), Research Centre for East European Studies (FSOE)
Editor: Lili Di Puppo, Hans Gutbrod, Iris Kempe, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perović, Heiko Pleines
Series: Caucasus Analytical Digest