Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

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by Zaur Shiriyev Azerbaijan’s government is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing Iranian manipulation of the country’s Shia Muslim believers.

Neoconservative Delusions on Azerbaijan

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by Eldar Mamedov If there is one feature for which neoconservatives are well known, it is their reckless disregard for reality, no matter how many times and how badly their policies have backfired–especially in the Middle East. This feature was… Continue Reading  

The Many Languages of Islam in the Caucasus

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by Rebecca Ruth Gould While visiting Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge towards the end of the second Chechen War (1999-2009), what struck me most was the large number of Christian graves that resembled Muslim tombstones. I was also struck by the Georgian inscriptions on… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

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by Durna Safarova The Azerbaijani government has forced the local chapter of the global corruption watchdog Transparency International to scale back its activities in the South Caucasus nation. The move is part of a long-running crackdown on the country’s civil-society sector.… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan Threatens to Cut Off Military Cooperation With US, NATO

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by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijan has threatened to cut off its military cooperation with the West in response to escalating pressure on Baku for its human rights violations. But that threat may ring hollow in light of Azerbaijan’s declining importance for… Continue Reading