The new National Security Strategy of the United States portrays the Caucasus and Central Asia primarily as a site of great power competition, a striking return to a Cold War footing -- at least rhetorically. But how much the stated strategy reflects actual US policies remains unclear.
President Donald Trump unveiled the strategy document on December 18, and the overarching theme was geopolitics.
"[A]fter being dismissed as a phenomenon of an earlier century, great power competition returned," the document argues. "China and Russia began to reassert their influence regionally and globally ... they are contesting our geopolitical advantages and trying to change the international order in their favor."
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