f_0007405_6318 - Russia and Azerbaijan: Relations after...

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Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol. 7, No. 2 & 3, Summer & Fall 2008 47 Russia and Azerbaijan: Relations after 1989 Murat Gül* I. Introduction The sudden collapse of the Soviet Union has, on several levels, brought about many novel complexities to world politics. On the global level, the collapse of the Soviet Union ended the bi-polar world politics in the dangerous confrontations between Soviet ideology and power and that of the United States. The impact of the disintegration of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) has been seen at the regional level as well. In particular, Central Asia and Caucasus, Eastern and Central Europe, and Baltic countries have escaped from direct Soviet domination, and so new competitions for domination have arisen. However, the most important and challenging changes have been witnessed at the individual level, insofar as fifteen new independent states have emerged post-collapse. After escaping from the domination of the USSR, these emerging states have been perplexed by the challenges of nationhood, identity politics, and state-building, re-reformulating their economic system, and entering into a global situation as independent but weak states. Thus, the collapse of Pax Sovieticus has raised a series of new foreign and security challenges, posing various obstacles and dilemmas for them. 1 Among these many challenges, relations with other states, especially with the Russian Federation, have posed some of the most problematic issues. Newly independent states were faced with a paradoxical situation. On the one hand, they were still dependent on Russia as their new neighbor and the old center of the industrial and economic network, and therefore they needed healthy relations. 2 On the other hand, they wanted to avoid a new system of re- domination by Russia, where a similar situation to the one left behind would be in place. Their fears were seemingly realized upon Russia’s immediate establishment of the
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Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol. 7, No. 2 & 3, Summer & Fall 2008 48 Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in 1992, with an invitation to the ex-Soviet republics to join. In this paper, I will address some of the problematic issues introduced above specifically in the context of the relations between the Russian Federation and one of the independent ex-Soviet republics, the Republic of Azerbaijan. I will analyze the salient issues in three sections. First, I will discuss the evolution of Russian foreign policy tools while considering in general Russian conceptions of the ex-Soviet countries. Second, I will discuss the determining factors regarding the relations between Azerbaijan and Russia. Third, I will discus the resulting issues and themes that have emerged between the two countries. II.
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