Azerbaijan

Turkey-Armenia talks seen as key to opening up regional transit links

Neil Hauer in Yerevan, Javid Agha in Baku January 13, 2022

Yerevan will not countenance the adoption by Ankara of any of Baku’s hardline demands as a necessity for any opening of the border.

Azerbaijan president uses rare interview to threaten Armenia

Javid Agha in Baku January 13, 2022

The interview is thought to be Ilham Aliyev's first major appearance before local media since he succeeded his father in 2003.

DEATH OF THE SOVIET UNION: BOOK REVIEW – Reassessing the causes of the Soviet demise

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 28, 2021

Vladislav Zubok’s book Collapse: the fall of the Soviet Union examines the causes of the breakup of the Soviet Union and challenges the view that the collapse was inevitable.

DEATH OF THE SOVIET UNION: The borders drawn in the 1920s are serving Russia well in the 2020s

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 17, 2021

Frozen conflicts along contested borders in the former Soviet space have created levers for Russian influence.

Azerbaijan's new law on media unites journalists in opposition

Javid Agha in Baku December 17, 2021

The law envisages the creation of a registry of journalists, and demands that owners of media outlets be Azerbaijani residents.

DEATH OF THE SOVIET UNION: Widespread nostalgia but no going back

bne IntelliNews December 10, 2021

Many older citizens across the former Soviet Union look back nostalgically to the ‘golden age’ before the transition but few genuinely want a return to socialism.

In first ICJ rulings, Armenia largely comes out on top of Azerbaijan

Neil Hauer in Yerevan December 8, 2021

Azerbaijan ordered to prevent incitement of racial hatred against Armenians and protect Armenian prisoners of war.

New American company seeks to realise Trans-Caspian pipe dream

David O'Byrne for Eurasianet December 3, 2021

The new proposal’s modest scope, and new diplomatic developments, could finally make the pipeline feasible.

Ready for war at any time in southern Armenia

Neil Hauer in Sisian November 27, 2021

After last year's war, Armenia’s southernmost province of Syunik is now bordered by Azerbaijan on two sides. Local people fear they are next.

Tehran City Council renames streets in dig at Azerbaijan

Javid Agha in Baku November 25, 2021

Road renamings celebrate historic Iranian links to the South Caucasus, as well as jailed Shiite group.

Large-scale Azerbaijani offensive against Armenia marks worst fighting since war

Neil Hauer in Yerevan November 17, 2021

Azerbaijan and Armenia agree a ceasefire to end a large-scale Azerbaijani offensive against Armenian territory.

bneGREEN: Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance aims to end oil and gas production

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh November 11, 2021

The Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) is calling for an immediate end to new licensing rounds for oil and gas exploration, and has signed up 11 governments to a promise to end oil and gas production by 2050.

EBRD lifts emerging Europe forecasts but warns of threats ahead

bne IntelliNews November 4, 2021

The EBRD has increased its 2021 GDP growth projection for the emerging Europe and SEMED regions where it operates to 5.5% after a strong performance in H1.

Azerbaijan admits more than 100 soldiers were tortured in “Tartar" spy case

bne IntelliNews November 2, 2021

Prosecutor admits spying case is a 'black stain' on the country.

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: German traffic light coalition could worsen frictions with CEE

Marcus How and Gunter Deuber in Vienna November 1, 2021

A new centre-left government in Berlin could help create a two-tier Europe, especially if it promotes rule of law penalties.

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