Across Europe & Asia, geopolitical strategies and approaches are readjusting, as they are puzzle pieces which “converge in the Caucasus region.” The Caucasus includes three post-soviet nations, which are Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Georgia is positioned on the Caucasus land bridge between Europe and Asia, between the Black and Caspian Seas. Over the millenniums, it has been attacked by the Persians, the Ottomans, the Russians and the Mongolians.
Every time, Georgians have pushed back their invaders, and in harsh fought battles they have liberated their country. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia surfaced once again an independent, sovereign nation in the midst of this unstable crossroads.
“Georgia is the key” of the Caucasus. It is at the centre of the action and the incentives for the United States could not be higher. China is astride Eurasia with its impressive Belt & Road Initiative.
“Russia, in decline seeks to attach itself to China’s dynamism while preserving a footprint as the hegemony of the Post-Soviet Space.”
On the other hand, Central Asia shows its economic potential through important policy reforms, while Erdogan’s Turkey “flirts with new visions of its strategic importance in a non-European future.”
“Georgia has a stable and democratic government that has been working hard to forge closer ties with Western Europe & the United States, especially in recent years. However, this is a route that must be navigated with skill and precision.”
China, Russia, the United States and Europe all pursue opportunities to gain strategic advantage, enhance stability and promote economic development. These strategic routes intersect in the Caucasus, where all of the key players seek to “develop positions of political influence where the North-South and East-West axes overlap.”
As Washington’s relations with Armenia & Azerbaijan remain problematical due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, enduring since 1988 a “Pro-Western Georgia alongside Israel is America’s most committed, reliable friend and ally in the wider region.”