Cover Osteuropa 7-10/2015

In Osteuropa 7-10/2015

Conditional Engagement
The United States in the Southern Caucasus

Julien Zarifian

Deutsche Fassung


Until the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the United States viewed the Southern Caucasus only through the prism of Moscow. That has changed since the independence of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The United States pursues its own security, energy, and political interests in the Southern Caucasus. Georgia has become an ally of Washington, Azerbaijan is favourably disposed to the United States, and Armenia cultivates good relations with America, although Russia is Erevan’s guarantor of security in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Under President Barack Obama, however, the United States has greatly reduced its engagement in the region.

(Osteuropa 7-10/2015, pp. 459–467)