Regional Powers and Security Dynamics: How do Russia, Turkey and Iran shape security in the South Caucasus?
Regionální mocnosti a bezpečnostní dynamika: Vliv Ruska, Turecka a Íránu na bezpečnost jižního Kavkazu
diploma thesis (DEFENDED)
Study Information System: 212713
- Kvalifikační práce 
Faculty / Institute
Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of International Relations
Date of defense
13. 9. 2021
PublisherUniverzita Karlova, Fakulta sociálních věd
Keywords (Czech)regionální komplex, regionální mocnosti, bezpečnost, jižní Kavkaz, Rusko, Turecko, Írán
Keywords (English)regional complex, regional powers, security, South Caucasus, Russia, Turkey, Iran
The aim of the present paper is to answer the question on how do regional powers shape the security environment within their regional subcomplex? The research interest is conditioned by the rise of powers that represent strong actors, especially in regional affairs, and which certainly influence dynamics within their region. It has been assumed that the manifestation of power at the regional level can also be transferred, to the global level leading to an elevated position of these actors in global affairs, allowing equally for the existing Western-led order to be challenged. These assumptions have been applied and tested on the example of the regional powers Russia, Turkey and Iran and their respective influence on the security dynamics in the South Caucasus as their historically common shared neighbourhood. In order to disentangle the complicated web of relationships and influential factors, the descriptive framework of the Theory of Regional Security Complexes as suggested by Barry Buzan has been outlined and applied. Based on these theoretical observations the attention has been further turned towards the empirical testing of the hypothesis which states that Russia, Turkey and Iran have exercised influence during the second Nagorno-Karabakh War 2020 that occurred between Armenia and Azerbaijan...