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Finlandization or Strategy of Keeping the Balance? Azerbaijan's Foreign Policy Since the Russian-Georgian War

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The two years since the end of the August 2008 Russian-Georgian war have represented a critical stage in Azerbaijan’s foreign policy. The war generated a new source of instability and forced most of the states of post-Soviet Eurasia to reevaluate their foreign policies. Azerbaijan, for its part, has tried to avoid antagonizing Russia and has been cautious with regard to its ambitions for membership in either the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or the European Union. Some might describe Azerbaijan’s policy as a kind of “Finlandization,” akin to the Finnish pursuit of neutrality after World War II in the face of a hostile Soviet Union. [...]

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Dean, School of Public and International Affairs
ADA University, Baku