Missing in Action: US Policy
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The United States has gradually disengaged from the security affairs of the South Caucasus, and accords ever less attention to conflict resolution. Led by an administration that views the deployment of US power with apprehension, the defining features of US policy have been the failed “Reset” policy with Russia, and a general lack of direction that led to the domination of a democracy and human rights agenda at the expense of economic and security interests. In the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Washington has stuck to the illusion that it sees “eye to eye” with Moscow on conflict resolution. This policy represents another strategic abdication of responsibility by Washington, with potentially ominous results.