By Nazrin Mehdiyeva
The dissolution of the Soviet Union into self sustaining states was once one of the so much momentous political phenomena of the 20 th century. this modification used to be in lots of circumstances nerve-racking, because the nascent post-Soviet states chanced on themselves grappling with a harsh truth that used to be very assorted from the illusions they'd adored within the early days of independence. This e-book examines the adventure of Azerbaijan, which regardless of very constrained past event with statehood, attempted within the Nineteen Nineties to carve out an self sufficient overseas and effort coverage. Consolidating its newly received independence and undertaking its international affairs autonomously from Russia’s local hegemony turned the nationwide initiatives of paramount significance, projects intricately associated with the state’s important protection. Azerbaijan’s vast oil and gasoline assets have been one of the instruments used to assist in achieving those goals._x000D__x000D_This publication is the 1st entire research of Azerbaijan’s international coverage vis-à-vis its a lot better neighbours - Russia, Turkey and Iran - and the function that the West dropped at undergo in assisting the small kingdom counterbalance Russia’s impression. complicated and sophisticated diplomatic negotiations enabled the implementation of the source exploitation and transit initiatives that Azerbaijan’s management thought of serious - the development of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline bypassing Russia being one instance. _x000D__x000D_ In charting the evolution of such rules from the early Nineties to the current, the writer has consulted a wealth of recent resources and performed an in depth variety of interviews with nationwide policymakers. The publication demanding situations the neo-realist thought that small states are doomed to ‘bandwagon’ with huge powers of their area. utilizing the case of Azerbaijan, it demonstrates how within the post-Cold struggle order a small nation effectively complex its pursuits even if they contradicted these of the hegemon.
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This, in turn, enhances their capacity for processing and storing information that does not fit neatly into the existing knowledge structures. 83 As a result, cognitively complex decision-makers are less prone to stereotyping than their cognitively ‘simplex’ counterparts. indd Sec1:37 10/11/2011 3:54:30 PM 38 POWER GAMES IN THE C AUCASUS To conclude, a major advantage of the psychological approach is that it captures the versatility of immaterial factors that shape decision-making and emphasises the need to examine them.
Rather, it assumes that a state’s interests are influenced by internal factors as well as interactions with other states, which have an impact on foreign policy behaviour. indd Sec1:40 10/11/2011 3:54:30 PM HOW DO SMALL STATES SURVIVE? 41 Main arguments This book argues that in the early 1990s, Azerbaijan did not have any great power allies but had a real, yet appeaseable, threatening state on its northern border. Its foreign policy was informed by perceptions of that state and analogies with the past more than by calculations of material power.
In 1992, Azerbaijan faced Russia, which was geographically proximate and was acutely perceived as being threatening. It appeared appeaseable if judged by Moscow’s rhetoric of wanting to establish normal relations with the CIS states. In addition, Azerbaijan did not have any great power allies to protect it from Russia. Under these circumstances, Walt’s theory would predict bandwagoning with Moscow. However, Azerbaijan chose two fundamentally different strategies in its efforts to neutralise the source of threat: first, it attempted to balance against Russia, and, subsequently, it moved away from that in favour of strategic manoeuvring.