This article begins with an analysis of the security deficit in the South Caucasus and how instability in this region could threaten the interests of NATO. The author argues that NATO’s increased engagement in this region is needed. To this end, the author provides recommendations both for NATO and the South Caucasus. The author advocates a focused and strategic approach to the South Caucasus on the part of NATO, with European powers being more responsive to the threats and opportunities emanating from the South Caucasus. He is skeptical about allowing Russian opposition to be an obstacle to NATO’s efforts and notes that in the long term NATO success in this region is in Russia’s interests as well. Pointing out the political and military improvements Partnership for Peace (PfP) has fostered, the author underlines the importance of keeping these countries anchored to the Euro-Atlantic system.
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