Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan among countries ranked most vulnerable by inaugural edition of Ecological Threat Register.
The shift is motivated in part by energy considerations and in part by nationalist politics.
The under-the-surface schism within the government has dominated public discourse in Azerbaijan in recent weeks.
It remains to be seen if this is yet another tactical balancing act on Baku’s part, or the sign of a more substantial shift.
Noting July skirmishes took place far from contested Nagorno Karabakh territory, former US diplomat says clashes “may have unleashed a dangerous new geopolitical dynamic” partly given their proximity to strategic oil and gas pipelines.
Planned deficit raised to 12.4% of GDP from 2.3%. Baku forced to raid sovereign wealth fund to support manat.
Analyst says: “TCP has great political appeal and is destined to remain alive for many years, if only on PowerPoint presentations... it will provide fodder for politicians and bureaucrats (ignorant of or not understanding commercial realities)."
Water supply has been a problem for years, but the issue has become so acute in recent months that it has begun to receive high-level attention.