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The human costs of 'strategic partnerships' with South Caucasian states

August 12, 2015, Richard D. Kauzlarich

Governing elites in Azerbaijan have recognized that U.S. and Western policy regarding human rights, democracy building, corruption, and conflict resolution threaten regime stability. Therefore, the tacking toward Russia is a conscious choice to avoid pressure and the transparency that closer association with the United States and Europe would involve. The new orientation of South Caucasian countries requires serious adjustment in Western policies.

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