Azerbaijan

Turkish firms benefit from Azerbaijan’s victory

Ulkar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet June 15, 2021

Following the victory over Armenia, Azerbaijan has thanked Turkey by awarding several multimillion-dollar contracts to companies close to the Turkish president.

Erdogan pays historic visit to post-war Nagorno-Karabakh

bne IntelIiNews June 15, 2021

Analysts will watch for any continuation or further toning down of Turkey's aggressive foreign policy in wake of Turkish president's meeting with Joe Biden.

International Crisis Group releases new field-researched report on Karabakh

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 9, 2021

ICG says the "fragility" of the ceasefire has already been highlighted by tensions that "flared in mid-May as Armenia and Azerbaijan disputed new positions established by Azerbaijani forces" close to their shared border.

Armenian PM Pashinian offers son in POW swap with Azerbaijan

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 8, 2021

Son posts on Facebook he is ready to take part in swap. Pashinian's offer comes in response to words of political opponents amid launch of Armenian general election campaigning.

No football frenzy in Emerging Europe's Euro 2020 host cities

bne IntelliNews June 8, 2021

Host cites to raise their profiles just as international travel starts to revive, but little hope of the usual tourism and consumer spending bonanza.

Armenia and Azerbaijan suspend “corridor” talks

Joshua Kucera for Eurasianet June 7, 2021

Yerevan said there was no point in discussing new transportation routes with Azerbaijan while there was so much tension along their border. Baku’s response was curiously muted.

Turkey ‘possibly behind world’s first battlefield killing by autonomous combat drone’

bne IntelIiNews June 3, 2021

UN report identifies use of ‘killer robot’ Kargu-2 in Libya skirmish.

Top-down Shusha reconstruction facing opposition from Azerbaijanis

Ulkar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet May 27, 2021

The government has moved quickly to restore the city it has declared its cultural capital, but the lack of transparency has raised concern.

Nagorno-Karabakh: in the aftermath of war, Armenia faces an unpalatable choice

Kevork Oskanian May 24, 2021

More than six months have passed since the “second Karabakh war” came to an abrupt end with Armenia all but defeated. The ceasefire left many questions unresolved. Anxieties for Armenians are at fever pitch ahead of a snap election.

bneGREEN: GECF rejects IEA call to end upstream investment

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2021

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) has rejected the findings of the IEA report released last week, instead projecting that gas will increase its share in the global energy mix to 28% from 23% today.

Armenia asks Moscow-led CSTO to respond to Azerbaijan’s ‘provocative troop incursions’

bne IntelIiNews May 13, 2021

France’s president Macron and US congressman Schiff express support for Yerevan.

Azerbaijani forces 'advance 3 km into Armenia'

bne IntelIiNews May 12, 2021

Armenian security council meets. Acting PM stresses there have been no exchanges of fire as Yerevan works to resolve situation peacefully.

Turkey's "crazy" canal would impact Eurasian trade, geopolitics

David O'Byrne for Eurasianet May 7, 2021

The project threatens the delicate regional military balance.

DATACRUNCH: Inflation surges across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus

Ben Aris n Berlin May 3, 2021

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union inflation been falling and dropped to post-Soviet lows in the last two years. Now it’s back. The countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus are worst affected

Erdogan treads carefully as Biden recognises Armenian genocide

bne IntelIiNews April 24, 2021

Massive fallout with Washington could “cause the Turkish economy to tank”, says analyst. US formal declaration “is a matter of truth, historical justice and security to the Republic of Armenia”, says Armenian PM.

Outrage in Armenia as Azerbaijan’s Aliyev threatens force to secure land corridor

bne IntelIiNews April 21, 2021

Analyst says comments meant for domestic audience as well and that there are no credible military threats to “back up rhetoric” reminiscent of “Saddam Hussein”.

Azerbaijan fires info war salvo against Russia

Joshua Kucera for Eurasianet April 18, 2021

After previously denying it, Azerbaijan now says that Armenia fired Russian-made rockets during last year’s war. And now they’re trying to make things difficult for Moscow.

M&A hits €8.5bn in CEE in Q1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2021

Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.

Azerbaijan accused of fomenting ethnic hatred with display of dead Armenian soldiers’ helmets

bne IntelIiNews April 14, 2021

Yerevan, meanwhile, moves towards putting on trial two men from Syria it claims served as mercenaries in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict after being recruited by Turkey to fight for Baku.

Nakhchivan rail plans promise to rewire Caucasus connections

David O'Byrne for Eurasianet April 9, 2021

Iran stands to be one of the winners of the new regional transportation map.

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