Azerbaijan

Russia’s coronavirus spike threatens the whole region

bne IntelliNews October 20, 2021

Vaccine scepticism means just under a third of the Russian population is vaccinated and the government admitted last week that it had “lost the information campaign” to persuade its people to take the pandemic seriously.

ING: Winter is coming… and so is further volatility for energy markets

Warren Patterson Head of Commodities Strategy at ING in Holland October 10, 2021

Energy prices have seen significant strength recently. European gas prices have rallied 94% during September, taking them to record levels. Oil and coal have also strengthened.

Immaturity of Azerbaijan’s numerous political parties means transition to bipartisan system not yet in reach says top ReAl official

Javid Agha in Baku October 7, 2021

Not much is heard in the West from opposition parties in the South Caucasus country. There are plenty of them, but “immaturity” means none have made a big breakthrough, says ReAl official Natig Jafarli.

Russia proposes “3+3” format to unlock economic and transport communications in Caucasus

bne IntelIiNews October 6, 2021

Moscow’s move comes amid high tensions as Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkey flex muscles with military exercises.

Azerbaijan shuts office of Iranian supreme leader’s Baku representative as war game tensions mount

bne IntelIiNews October 5, 2021

Azerbaijan and close ally Turkey set to hold “Indestructible Brotherhood” military drills in Azerbaijani exclave Nakhchivan in seeming response to Iranian manoeuvres.

New OCCRP Pandora Papers leak reveals more details of secret financial networks of New Europe’s elite

Ben Aris in Berlin October 4, 2021

A new leak of millions of documents dubbed the Pandora Papers has revealed more details of the use of offshore companies by the elite of New Europe, detailing their ownership of hundreds of millions of dollars of assets.

Iran alludes to Baku’s relations with Israel as it defends war games by Azerbaijan border

bne IntelIiNews September 29, 2021

Tehran, peeved at military exercises involving Azerbaijani, Turkish and Pakistani forces, appears to have resorted to sabre-rattling.

Quantifying the Caucasus’ gains from BRI trade

Eurasianet September 28, 2021

Two new papers find that Georgia and Azerbaijan would gain more from improving trade with their neighbours than pursing a place on the Belt and Road.

Perspectives | Will international law help resolve the Karabakh conflict?

Kamal Makili-Aliyev for Eurasianet September 24, 2021

A case filed by Armenia against Azerbaijan in the International Court of Justice could have significant implications for the conflict. And it carries risks for both Armenia and Azerbaijan.

New study adds to Caucasus’ brag sheet: Cradle of lettuce

David Trilling for Eurasianet September 23, 2021

Geneticists say the popular vegetable was first domesticated in the region.

Shurnukh: face to face with the enemy in Armenia’s newly divided border village

Neil Hauer in Shurnukh September 21, 2021

Villagers endure loss of livestock that wander across new frontier and frustration of knowing that reaching the rest of their country by road means crossing into Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani, Turkish and Pakistani war games appear to prompt Iran to move infantry to border

Daniel Rad in London September 20, 2021

Representative of Iranian supreme leader warns Azerbaijan to not “play with the lion’s tail”.

Azerbaijan detains Iranian truck drivers as ‘land corridors’ dispute with Armenia worsens

bne IntelIiNews September 15, 2021

Tactic may be designed to up pressure on Yerevan to permit a route that would enable Azerbaijanis to reach their Nakhchivan exclave via Armenian territory.

Azerbaijan starts charging Iranian trucks supplying Armenia

Heydar Isayev and Ani Mejlumyan for Eurasianet September 14, 2021

The move appears to be part of a steadily increasing effort by Baku to exert control over the road in southern Armenia that passes through pockets of Azerbaijan-controlled territory.

Iran refers to ‘illegality’ of Turkish presence in Caspian Sea military drills

Javid Agha in Baku September 14, 2021

Tehran concerned at how special forces from Turkey linked up with Azerbaijani counterparts.

Memoir | 9/11 shifted the world. In Central Asia, diplomatic frenzy ensued

Richard E. Hoagland for Eurasianet September 10, 2021

Behind the scenes with an American negotiator who helped forge a radical new level of US engagement in Central Asia after 9/11.

Azerbaijan-Russia relations sour over Karabakh disagreements

Heydar Isayev for Eurasianet September 9, 2021

Baku has been increasingly airing public criticisms of Moscow over the post-war order, which have been exacerbated by the lack of a formal mandate for the Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh.

Unpacking Eurasia’s role in the Afghanistan evacuation

Eurasianet September 3, 2021

Most of the countries Eurasianet covers were involved in the airlift. Some even contributed troops during the 20-year war.

Azerbaijan’s 'foreign' Olympic team frustrates fans

Heydar Isayev for Eurasianet August 11, 2021

Sports commentators are questioning the wisdom of hiring foreign players to compete for the Azerbaijani flag.

Perspectives | Augmented Azerbaijan? The return of Azerbaijani irredentism

Laurence Broers for Eurasianet August 6, 2021

For decades Azerbaijan denounced Armenian irredentism. Now it is advancing expansionary territorial claims of its own as it seeks to impose peace on its terms.

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