Jannatkhan EYVAZOV


Jannatkhan Eyvazov, Ph.D. (Political Science), Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Central Asia and the Caucasus (Baku, Azerbaijan).


THE REGIONAL SECURITY SYSTEM IN THE POST-SOVIET SPACE:
POLITICAL STRUCTURE, ENVIRONMENT, AND TRANSITIVITY

ABSTRACT

This article is an attempt to assess the extent to which the key structural specifics and political environment of the Regional Security System (RSS) in the post-Soviet space are responsible for its development and transitivity.

The author concludes that the scrutinized political space is structurally highly unstable. It is a negatively asymmetric RSS, which stipulates for the possibility of its transit to more stable structural conditions. At the same time, its development and transformation are greatly affected by its active political environment composed of the most influential powers in the contemporary world.

Keywords: the regional security system, post-Soviet space, Post-Soviet Security Macrocomplex, political structure, structural instability, system transitivity, political environment, powers.

Introduction

Early in the 1990s, the political space that at one time was united within the Soviet Union was transformed into an anarchically organized RSS: fifteen Soviet republics became independent states, which changed the key vectors of the security relations among them.

The regional system of the post-Soviet space has a very specific political structure and environment that, together with other factors, ensure its stability/transitivity. Its evolution in the 1990s-2000s has supplied us with enough empirical material to acquire a clear understanding of


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