Armenia

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.

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.

Russia addressing ‘growing Central Asia security concerns’

bne IntelIiNews May 31, 2021

Kremlin takes stock of serious border clash between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and bracing of region for Taliban reaction to pullout of US troops from Afghanistan by September.

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.

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.

RIMMER: Armenia Genocide recognition – better late than never?

Julian Rimmer in London April 26, 2021

The US recognition of the Armenian Genocide was more than 100 years coming, but it runs the risk of looking more like realpolitik than a sincere gesture.

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.

CEE reels as third wave of COVID-19 breaks

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Emerging Europe. While Russia is expecting to reach herd immunity in the next two months, most other countries of the region have only just started their mass immunisation programmes.

Analysis: Caucasus bond review

Maximilian Hess in London for EurasiaNet March 19, 2021

Capital markets take war, the pandemic and political unrest in stride. The second in a two-part series.

Armenia’s embattled PM announces he’s agreed to June snap election

bne IntelIiNews March 19, 2021

After weeks of street protests and counter-protests, a deal is struck for an early poll.

Rising inflation in Emerging Europe poses dilemma for central banks

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2021

With economies primed to rebound as pandemic restrictions are loosened, consumer prices could rise even further, reawakening an issue that has long been ignored.

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