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Threats to European Energy Sector Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 03.26.2014 | Business
Daniel J. Graeber

Beneath the din of the Western furor over the Russian annexation of Crimea, BP announced it awarded more than $800 million in contracts for the development of the Shah Deniz II gas field offshore Azerbaijan.

Rulers Who Use the Social Media They Ban

Freedom House | Posted 02.25.2014 | 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...

Behind Closed Doors in Saudi Arabia. Interview with Olivia Arthur

Global Yodel | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Global Yodel

In 2009, photographer Olivia Arthur traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to teach a photography class for women. Over the course of the two-week worksh...

Visiting the Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Katie Aune | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Katie Aune

Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan seem to be well-kept secrets from many Western travelers. With a fascinating history, a plethora of attractions and relatively low prices, the region shouldn't stay a secret for long.

Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius: Russia Puts a Spoke in the EU's Wheel

Dominik Tolksdorf | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Dominik Tolksdorf

The turn of events brings to light two features of existing EU policy: the relative weakness of EU incentives and the continuing problems for countries in the post-Soviet space to evade Russia's influence.

Winds of Change Reshaping Middle East Landscape

Claude Salhani | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

Amidst the great uncertainty that prevails in the Middle East today there is at least one thing that is certain: we are living through a great shift in the region's politics and alliances, the repercussions of which are yet to be fully felt.

The Many Types of Online Censorship

Freedom House | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President and Danilo Bakovic, Director, Internet Freedom Program Internet censorship comes in a wide variet...

Azerbaijan Announces Election Results... Before Vote Even Takes Place

AP | Posted 10.10.2013 | World

BAKU, Azerbaijan -- BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Something funny happened the day before Azerbaijan's presidential election: The election commission anno...

Navy Blue Vision Coming Into Fruition

Mahroo Moshari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mahroo Moshari

His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, spoke eloquently in support of developing a land of tolerance in many countries. I imagined President Rouhani one day join him, recreating the land of tolerance Iran once was.

An Azerbaijani Operetta at the Dorothy Chandler

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

A one-night only performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion of The Cloth Peddler by Uzeyir Hajibeyli, the father of modern Azerbaijani music, was s...

Azerbaijan's President Reportedly Provides Reporters With Free Apartments

Institute For War & Peace Reporting | Samira Ahmedbeyli | Posted 08.05.2013 | World

Opposition journalists in Azerbaijan have criticised President Ilham Aliyev for providing flats free of charge to reporters, arguing that he is seekin...

An Unlikely Foodie Haven In The Caucasus

Scott Norvell | Posted 06.22.2013 | Travel
Scott Norvell

It's mid-March in Baku, the waning days of a bleary Caspian winter, and every time we sit down to eat, the most incongruous array of fresh produce is ...

Azerbaijan's Surprising Future

Paul Steele | Posted 04.26.2013 | Travel
Paul Steele

While I was in the country, the President was opening a vast ski resort in the Shahdagh region complete with five star facilities. This sort of news is fairly common.

Dictators Seem Strong, But They Can't Take a Joke

Freedom House | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Mary McGuire Senior Communications Manager and Mary Humphreys, Communications Intern A thick skin is a necessary prerequisite for every success...

Azerbaijani Government Accused Of Intimidating Writer

AP | AIDA SULTANOVA and PETER LEONARD | Posted 04.14.2013 | Books

BAKU, Azerbaijan — Human Rights Watch accused the government of Azerbaijan on Tuesday of intimidating a writer at the center of a public row ove...

Azerbaijan President Punishes Author

AP | By AIDA SULTANOVA and PETER LEONARD | Posted 02.08.2013 | Books

BAKU, Azerbaijan -- A respected Azerbaijani author has been stripped of his pension and national honors for "insulting the dignity" of his country wit...

Potentially a Big Help in a Dicey Region: Azerbaijan

Ken Adelman | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Ken Adelman

This week marks a nice occasion for reflections on freedom, with Martin Luther King Day and the Inauguration of Barack Obama. Another occasion is vir...

Security Forces Attack Azeri Fans in Tehran Stadium

James Dorsey | Posted 02.08.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Iranian security forces attacked supporters of Traktor Sazi FC, the foremost soccer club in Tabriz, the capital of Iran's Turkic East Azerbaijan provi...

Iran, the U.S. and Azerbaijan: the Land of Fire

Stanley Weiss | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Stanley Weiss

Azerbaijan is a staunch ally of Israel, a secular counterweight to Iran and an increasingly critical exporter of oil and natural gas, and its importance to U.S. national security seems clear -- at least, for every president until now.

A Leadership Opportunity

Nancy E. Soderberg | Posted 01.09.2013 | World
Nancy E. Soderberg

Recent unrest in the Middle East highlights the importance of our strategic relationships in the region. A steadfast ally of the United States is Azerbaijan, and the United States must redouble its efforts to promote peace in this critical but unstable South Caucasus region.

7 Lessons of Cuban Crisis for Karabakh Conflict

Simon Saradzhyan | Posted 10.25.2012 | World
Simon Saradzhyan

There are, of course, profound differences between the two conflicts -- the absence of nuclear weapons in the Armenian and Azeri arsenals being the most obvious and important.

Malala, Lubanga, and the Universal Right to Childhood

The Morningside Post | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
The Morningside Post

The Security Council and the International Criminal Court have both shown a lack of determination to treat crimes against children with the gravity that their mandates demand.

Mexicans Confused By Monument To Azerbaijani Dictator

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 12.01.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY — The appearance of a life-size statue of Azerbaijan's "founder of the nation" on Mexico City's elegant Reforma Avenue, not far from...

Grinding Axes: The Matthew Bryza Controversy

Murad Gassanly | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Murad Gassanly

Whatever US government engagement in Azerbaijan on human rights and democracy has been so far it has had zero structural impact. Behind-the-scenes advocacy simply does not work -- it is merely appeasement of authoritarianism.

Joshua Hersh

Matthew Bryza, Former Ambassador To Azerbaijan, Responds To Oil Job Controversy | Joshua Hersh | Posted 06.20.2012 | World

Matthew Bryza, the former U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan, is responding to a recent flurry of controversy over reports that he had joined the board of ...