CAUCASUS BLOG: With Aliyev on the rampage, flickering hopes of democracy in Azerbaijan could sputter out

bne IntelIiNews July 31, 2020

Baku’s intemperate dictator has chosen to go after country’s fragile opposition at a time the major powers are distracted by their own crises and the US can be accused of calling the kettle black.

COMMENT: The military flare-up along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border is a modern-day James Bond film plot

James Dey founder and co-chair of Friends of Azerbaijan in South Africa July 29, 2020

The outbreak of a fresh military conflict on the Armenian and Azerbaijani border is straight out of a James Bond film and threatens both the region’s and Europe’s energy security among other things

Misery vs death

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 29, 2020

The painful choice faced by poorer emerging European countries as they are forced to balance the risk to life of a new coronavirus spike with the economic and human cost of a second lockdown.

Turkey’s Armenia, Azerbaijan conflict role should be to “keep itself as far away as possible” says Armenian diplomat as military exercises are announced

bne IntelIiNews July 27, 2020

Ankara attempting to export “very destabilising” presence it has shown in eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and Middle East to South Caucasus says Yerevan’s envoy to Netherlands.

White House “paying little attention” to Armenia Azerbaijan fighting says Carnegie analyst

bne IntelIiNews July 23, 2020

Assessment concludes Washington does not see Caucasus as priority. Meanwhile, Iran, Russia and Turkey are filling “vacuum”.

Azerbaijan blames Georgia for helping arm Armenia

Giorgi Lomsadze for Eurasianet July 20, 2020

According to the allegations, Georgia allowed a shipment of Serbian rocket launchers destined for Armenia to transit its territory.

Azerbaijan says 38,000 signed up for armed forces since fresh Armenia clashes

bne IntelIiNews July 19, 2020

Other developments include Baku threat to Armenian nuclear power station, Turkey pledging clear backing for “brother” Azeris and Russian military exercises.

Azerbaijani authorities crack down on pro-war demonstration in Baku

bne IntelliNews July 15, 2020

Demonstrators in Baku pushed for a full-blown war with Armenia after several days of the heaviest fighting between the two South Caucasus foes for years.

Death toll mounts as tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan spill over

bne IntelliNews July 14, 2020

Azerbaijan reported the deaths of one of its generals and five other officers on July 14, in the worst outbreak of fighting over the dispute Nagorno Karabakh enclave in several years.