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Leader Of Azerbaijan Goes Full 'House Of Cards,' Appoints Wife As VP

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.22.2017 | World

In a narrative that will sound strikingly familiar to fans of Netflix’s political drama “House of Cards,” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has...

17 Epic Places You Never Thought To Travel, But Should

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 02.16.2017 | Travel

The HuffPost Lifestyle newsletter will make you happier and healthier, one email at a time. Sign up here. Paris? Been there. London? Done that. No of...

House GOP's Blueprint To Gut Ethics Office Looks Like It Was Copied From Azerbaijan Scandal

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― In 2013, nine U.S. House members jetted off to Baku, Azerbaijan, beside the Caspian Sea for an all-expenses-paid trip sponsored by a no...

"Nothing Comes Easy": A Chat with Adrian Steirn About 'The World's Most Wanted Leopard'

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.07.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Sometimes nature gets caught up in the crossfires of conflicts and human issues. In the case of the Caucasian leopard, also known at the Persian leopa...

Asian Development Bank: Finance for Development or Finance at All Costs?

Jessica Evans | Posted 12.07.2016 | Business
Jessica Evans

On November 25, the Asian Development Bank's board will decide whether to provide US$1 billion to expand Azerbaijan's gas fields. A few weeks later, t...

Why The United States Should Strengthen Its Relationship With Armenia

Samuel Ramani | Posted 10.21.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

Since the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea, Western policymakers have worked earnestly to prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from instigating new military campaigns in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet region.

Pope Francis: Don't Use God To Justify Fundamentalism

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.03.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis visited a mosque in overwhelmingly Muslim Azerbaijan on Sunday and told leaders of all faiths that God should never be used to justify fu...

Gdansk as a bridge between East and West

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 09.30.2016 | World
Pawel Adamowicz

I feel that we, the countries recently accepted to the European Union, are well positioned to help the aspiring, new democracies reach their dreams of...

Why The Russia-Azerbaijan Alliance Is Weaker Than It Looks

Samuel Ramani | Posted 08.22.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On August 8, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met in Baku. Shortly after their meeting, Putin announced Russia's intention to forge a strategic partnership with Azerbaijan.

Why Anti-Corruption Protests Are Rising In Armenia

Samuel Ramani | Posted 08.15.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

While corruption has been a defining characteristic of Armenian politics for decades, the summer 2015 Electric Yerevan protests revealed that Armenians are increasingly willing to participate in anti-corruption demonstrations.

Which Is the Greater Evil -- Terrorism or Governments' Response to It?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Co-authored by Jim Sisco Governments can maintain greater legitimacy among their populace and be more effective combating terrorism if they harness t...

Ethics Probe Halts Congressional Travel To Turkey; Free Trips Overall Have Slowed

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

House lawmakers and their staffers used to make about 150 stops there a year on their privately sponsored jaunts around the world. Then came a massive ethics investigation, and they all stopped taking those free trips to Turkey -- cold.

Why You Should Care About Global Free Press

John F. Lansing | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
John F. Lansing

So, while Khadija's release is a major victory for her and her supporters that we will celebrate for years to come, it is but a small step on the path to press freedom in Azerbaijan and the rest of the world. Press freedom is a fundamental human right that lies at the core of all democratic and free societies, and we all have a shared responsibility to hold governments accountable when they suppress it.

Why Vladimir Putin Wants Destabilization, Not Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh

Samuel Ramani | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

Border tensions and occasional skirmishes have been regular occurrences in the disputed territory since the May 1994 ceasefire agreement, but the recent clashes were the worst outbreak of violence in two decades.

Asian Development Bank's Money vs. Its Mouth

Jessica Evans | Posted 05.13.2016 | World
Jessica Evans

At last week's Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, high level officials highlighted key human rights messages. The Bank...

#WPFD2016 Drives Freedom, Safety, Rights for Journalists

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.07.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

As UNESCO held its World Press Freedom Day (#WPFD2016) conference this week, an Egyptian speaker lamented the declining state of liberty in her countr...

Why Does Israel Refuse to Recognize the Armenian Genocide?

Michael A. Moodian | Posted 04.27.2016 | World
Michael A. Moodian

April 24 marked 101 years since the start of the Armenian genocide, when Ottoman Turks killed approximately 1.5 million Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, and others.

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Luna Atamian | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Luna Atamian

With so many conflicts around the world today, the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute hasn't received the attention it deserves by the international community. ...

From Activism to Journalism

Habib Abdullayev (Muntezir) | Posted 04.14.2016 | World
Habib Abdullayev (Muntezir)

Everything started with the rising tide of injustice in my country, Azerbaijan. My father's involvement in politics meant that I was exposed to these issues from a young age.

U.S. Leadership Amiss in Resolving the Armenia-Azerbaijan Clash over Nagorno-Karabakh

Dr. Ariel Cohen | Posted 04.12.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Cohen

The fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh is like a chronic affliction that simmers down but never really stops. Escalations in the level of hostilities regularly arrive with melt-offs of the mountain snow. However, the eruption that began on April 2nd has flared up to levels unseen since the 1990s.

Preventing Deadly Violence in Nagorno-Karabakh

David L. Phillips | Posted 04.10.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

Violent conflict erupted in Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) on April 2, killing hundreds. Azerbaijan violated a cease-fire that had been in place since 1994. The situation remains extremely volatile, despite a temporary truce.

Calls For Ceasefire In Deadly Fighting Over Nagorno-Karabakh Region

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.03.2016 | World

BAKU/YEREVAN, April 3 (Reuters) - Azerbaijan said on Sunday it would stop fighting Armenian-backed separatists over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh reg...

Dozens Of Casualties Reported As Fighting Erupts In Armenia-Azerbaijan Region

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.02.2016 | World

BAKU/YEREVAN, April 2 (Reuters) - A new wave of fighting broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Saturday, killing dozens and drawing internationa...

What's Really at Stake at the Nuclear Security Summit

Andrea Prasow | Posted 03.31.2016 | World
Andrea Prasow

Figuring out how to work in partnership on important security issues while making clear to some of the more abusive leaders in attendance that their human rights violations have to end will be the real challenge.

Saying Psalms in a Mosque: A Jewish, Muslim, Christian Collaboration

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 03.30.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Marking the twenty-fourth anniversary of the Khojaly massacre, a group of Jews, Muslims and Christians gathered at a local mosque to offers prayers and words of consolation over a tragedy that occurred half-way around the world.