Four New Reasons Why the U.S. Must Stay Engaged in the South Caucasus

Moscow continues to exploit ethnic divisions and tensions in the South Caucasus to advance pro-Russian policies that are often at odds with America’s or NATO’s goals in the region. Now that Iran is flush with cash and a new-found confidence, it will be more active in the region. In order to protect its interests, the U.S. therefore needs to continue to monitor the situation in Nagorno–Karabakh; increase targeted economic sanctions if South Ossetia or Abkhazia is annexed by Russia; demonstrate a more visible presence in the region; and recognize that Moscow’s support for Armenia is part of a larger Russian strategy.

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