Relevance of Non-Alignment for Azerbaijan’s Foreign and Security Policy

The commentary explains the conceptual basis of and the reasons why non-alignment is still relevant for the Azerbaijan’s foreign policy. This commentary concludes that Azerbaijan’s non-aligned stance is strongly rooted in a pragmatic understanding of the strategic opportunities embedded in and around the region. This stance was motivated by the fragility of the regional security environment and dictated by Azerbaijan’s historical, cultural, and linguistic ties, religious affiliation, and geographic allocation.

Authors: Ilgar Gurbanov