Web-dossier. Dangerous Liaisons: Russia’s neighborhood policy in South Caucasus


Russian Soft Power in Georgia: Exploits, Limitations and Future Threats


Five years have passed after the regime change in Georgia, which, many thought, would have diverted the country from its Western course and made it vulnerable to Russia’s influence. These five years saw a surge of Russia’s “soft power” around the world, including in the South Caucasus; however, on the ground, the soft power still remains of limited nature and has failed to achieve major breakthroughs. հայերեն

By Giorgi Kanashvili

Armenian-Russian Relations: Diminishing Returns


Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, independence for Armenia has faced a daunting trade-off of sovereignty for security. With the insecurity from a war with neighbouring Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh that erupted even before independence, Armenia has long relied on Russia as its “strategic partner” and security provider. հայերեն

By Richard Giragosian

Dangerous Liaisons: Russia’s neighborhood policy in South Caucasus

Russia has its strategic interests in South Caucasus and tries to have a dominant position in the region. Its neighborhood policy comprised both hard and soft power tools that aim to increase influence over the countries of South Caucasus. However, Russia has had different results and has faced important obstacles while implementing its policies in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation supports the discussion about important foreign policy and security developments in the region. Hence, this time, the Office has called on renowned experts, Richard Giragosian, Zaur Shiriyev and Giorgi Kanashvili, to reflect on Russia’s soft power from Armenian, Azerbiajani and Georgian perspectives taking into account the regional dynamics.