IR 406 Turkey and the South Caucasus
This course aims at contributing to the ability of students to understand dynamics of Turkish foreign policy towards the South Caucasus in the post-Cold War era. To achieve its aim, the course presents an overview of Turkey’s relations with the countries of the South Caucasus namely Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The region has a strategic importance for Turkey and the course will analyze Turkey’s relations with these states from the angle of protracted conflicts and energy politics. The course will also cover the social, political and economic developments that have occurred in the South Caucasus republics after the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as how the interests of the great powers such as Russia, the EU and the U.S. influence the dynamics of the region.