Reassessing U.S.-Azerbaijani Relations: A Shared Imperative to Look Ahead

Author
Robert F. Cekuta
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Baku Dialogues
Volume
4
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Winter 2020
Institution
ADA University
Abstract
The U.S.-Azerbaijan relationship remains important to both countries, but it is time to reevaluate and update how they engage with each other. The Second Karabakh War is the most visible of the reasons for such a reassessment, given Azerbaijan’s military successes, Russia’s headline role in securing the November 2020 agreement that halted the fighting, and the need to undertake the extremely difficult work of avoiding a new war and building a peace. But China’s high profile economic, diplomatic, and security activities across Eurasia, coupled with the results of the November 2020 election in the United States, have also significantly altered the diplomatic environment. Lastly, multinational challenges—such as the economic, social, and other ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic or the realities of climate change—make the need for revaluation, dialogue, and mapping out new directions in the two countries’ relations even more apparent.
Topic
International Relations, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy
Political Geography
United States, China, Eurasia, Azerbaijan