Azerbaijan: Government Escalates Hacking Campaign Against Dissent

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by Mike Runey Several of Azerbaijan’s primary independent news websites have been inaccessible for several days, apparent victims of the government’s escalating cyberwar against dissent. On March 27, Meydan TV, Azadliq Qezeti, and the local service of Radio Free Europe/Radio… Continue Reading  

Do Project Cancellations Indicate Declining US Interest in South Caucasus?

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by Michael Hikari Cecire US President-elect Donald Trump has canceled his real estate projects in Georgia and Azerbaijan. The moves suggest that the US role in the South Caucasus may decline during Trump’s administration. The Trump Organization, Trump’s real estate… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan: Netanyahu Visit Boosts Azerbaijani-Israel Ties

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by Zaur Shiriyev Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent official visit to Baku signals that Azerbaijan-Israel ties are gaining momentum. Netanyahu’s visit on December 13, his first since 1997, resulted in the signing of four cooperation agreements, including one creating… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan Plans Hanukkah Party at DC’s Trump Hotel

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by Giorgi Lomsadze You know it’s that time of year again when the government of a far-off, predominantly Muslim country throws a Hanukkah party in a Donald-Trump hotel in Washington, DC. Trump may have been less than inspiring for many… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan: Officials Are Wrong to Securitize the Shias

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by Eldar Mamedov Roughly 300 kilometers south of Baku, Azerbaijan’s booming capital with its glitzy boutiques and five-star hotels, lies a different reality. Groups of humbly dressed, unshaven men in black shirts flocked to mosques in mid-October in the town… Continue Reading