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You Can Visit the Moon, But Not Nagorno-Karabakh: The Mind-Boggling Politics Of Azerbaijan's Aliyev Administration

Christopher Atamian | Posted 03.12.2017 | Home
Christopher Atamian

By Christopher Atamian and Haykaram Nahapetyan Aleksander Lapshin holding up his three passports. ...

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 | Home
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.

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

Samuel Ramani | Posted 05.16.2016 | Home
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.

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

Dr. Ariel Cohen | Posted 04.12.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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.

It's Time to Hold the Azerbaijan Regime Accountable

Gulnara Akhundova | Posted 01.08.2017 | Politics
Gulnara Akhundova

Quiet diplomacy from the United States and the European Union has failed to reverse Azerbaijan's relentless pursuit of critics and civil society groups.

Trump Tarnishes Image for a Fistful of Dollars in Azerbaijan

Harut Sassounian | Posted 08.12.2016 | Entertainment
Harut Sassounian

Donald Trump, by associating himself with questionable business partners in a oppressive regime, risks tarnishing his reputation for a fistful of dollars in the midst of a presidential campaign!

Europe's Map Is Redrawn As Azerbaijan Goes East

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.26.2015 | Home
Till Bruckner

Goodbye, Azerbajian. It would be dishonest to say that we Europeans will miss you; few people over here will even notice that you've left. But it's sad to see you leaving the family nonetheless.

Israel's Closest Muslim Ally

Paul Alexander | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

While Muslim-dominated countries like Iran harbor contempt for Israel -- the reason Netanyahu is speaking to Congress -- Azerbaijan could not be more different. As one publication recently pointed out, "What started as a marriage of convenience has netted Israel its closest Muslim ally."

Ten Days in the Life of Ilham Aliyev, President of Absurdistan

Till Bruckner | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Half a world away, the State Department said that it was "concerned", and called on Azerbaijan to conduct a "transparent" investigation in line with Baku's "international commitment to protecting media freedom." Human rights activists were not impressed.

Rulers Who Use the Social Media They Ban

Freedom House | Posted 04.26.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Cyrus Rassool Program Associate, Internet Freedom Iran's rulers have actively used social media for international diplomacy and even for mess...

Goulash Diplomacy: Why Viktor Orban Should Resign

Christopher Atamian | Posted 11.17.2012 | Home
Christopher Atamian

The United States, the United Nations and other international organizations and governments should apply all available pressure on the Azeri government to honor its agreement with Hungary and return Safarov to where he belongs for the rest of his life -- a jail cell.

Israel's Secret Staging Ground

Foreign Policy | MARK PERRY | Posted 03.29.2012 | Home

In 2009, the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. embassy in Baku, Donald Lu, sent a cable to the State Department's headquarters in Foggy Bottom title...

Azerbaijan's Autocratic President Keeps Pro-Democracy Activists at Bay

Jeff Burbank | Posted 06.13.2011 | Home
Jeff Burbank

Protesters have built momentum toward what they hope leads to a society free of President Aliyev's authoritarian rule that clamps down on the news media and critics of his government.

Obama Can Now Replace Bryza With a New Nominee as Ambassador to Azerbaijan

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Harut Sassounian

At this point, the ideal option for Obama would be to abandon Matthew Bryza's flawed candidacy for ambassador to Azerbaijan and name another less controversial nominee who could be confirmed by the Senate.

Overcoming negative stereotypes in the South Caucasus

Daniel Maree | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Maree

This guest post was written by Onnik Krikorian and originally appeared on the World Development Report 2011 blog on August 6, 2010. In the 16 yea...

Senate Should Scrutinize Matt Bryza as Nominee for Ambassador to Azerbaijan

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Harut Sassounian

The members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee should closely scrutinize Bryza's nomination to ensure that, if confirmed, he represents U.S. interests in Baku, and not the other way around.

Azerbaijan President's Son Implicated In Strange Dubai Deals

washingtonpost.com | Andrew Higgins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Even by the standards of a city that celebrates extravagance, it was a spectacular shopping spree: In just two weeks early last year, an 11-year-old b...

Who Will Blink First, Armenia or Turkey?

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Harut Sassounian

For more than a year, many Armenians, both in Armenia and the Diaspora, have vigorously complained to the government about the wisdom of negotiating an agreement with Turkey.