Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 02/2013

Azerbaijan's Foreign Policy: Between East and West ...

Kamal Makili-Aliyev

January 2013

Istituto Affari Internazionali


Azerbaijan is at the crossroads between East and West. Its geopolitical location is both its challenge and its major asset. This paper analyses the general state of relations of Azerbaijan with its largest and geopolitically most important neighbours as well as with other international players in order to see how Azerbaijan is able to maintain a balanced approach in foreign policy, manoeuvring politically between the clashing geopolitical interests and ambitions of the different states in the South Caucasus. It is argued that due to its choices in foreign policy and strong focus on the effective development of its economy, Azerbaijan vies to maintain an independent course.