Azerbaijan: Choosing Between Repressing Dissent and Western Loans

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by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijan must make legislative changes within four months that expand rights for local civil society organizations, or risk losing billions of dollars in loans it needs to build a key gas pipeline. The demand, made by an… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan: Dubbing Critics as “Islamic Extremists”

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by Durna Safarova Authorities in Azerbaijan are trying to erase the line between legitimate dissent and religious extremism in an attempt to stifle criticism of their policies. An ongoing trial in the Baku suburb of Nardaran highlights the trend. The… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan with Turkey in Cracking Down on Gulen

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by Eldar Mamedov As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responds to the failed coup attempt on July 15, Azerbaijan is embracing the Turkish government’s narrative that the botched putsch was orchestrated by followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Among recent… Continue Reading  

Coup Attempt Ripple Effect: Azerbaijan Closes TV Station

AZERBAYCAN'DA DÜZENLENEN MEDEN?YETLER ?TT?FAKI’NIN 7. KÜRESEL FORUMU’NA KATILMAK ÜZERE BAKÜ’DE BULUNAN CUMHURBA?KANI RECEP TAYY?P ERDO?AN, AZERBAYCAN CUMHURBA?KANI ?LHAM AL?YEV ?LE B?R ARAYA GELD?. (?HA/BAKÜ-?HA)

by Durna Safarova Azerbaijan, a strategic ally of Turkey, has suspended a national TV station that reportedly planned to broadcast an interview with Fethullah Gülen, the Pennsylvania-based imam who Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for instigating a failed coup.

Why Brexit is Bad for Azerbaijan

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by Eldar Mamedov The Brexit crisis could create geopolitical headaches for Azerbaijan at a time when Baku is worried about keeping the country’s leaky economy afloat.