Baku’s Formula One Race: Image Over Cost

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by Vusala Alibayli It is billed as “four unforgettable days of entertainment.” But some Azerbaijanis wonder whether the most unforgettable aspect of the June 16-19 Formula One Grand Prix Europe, hosted in their capital city, Baku, will be the event’s cost.… Continue Reading  

Armenians Push Away from Russia’s Embrace

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by Marianna Grigoryan When Armenia joined the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union in 2015, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan justified the decision in part by asserting that membership would enhance Armenia’s national security. But, as the early April flare-up in fighting between Armenian… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan: Will Khadija Ismayilova’s Freedom Open Prison Doors?

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by Durna Safarova Two days before her 40th birthday, Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released from prison on May 25. Questions persist about the Azerbaijani government’s motivation for the release, and whether it portends a loosening of restrictions on civil liberties… Continue Reading  

Women Call End to Violence in Nagorno-Karabakh

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by Anna Tenuta Earlier this month, the so-called “frozen conflict” between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region erupted. News reports suggest more than 30 people, including soldiers from both sides and civilians, were killed in four days of… Continue Reading  

Resolving the Karabakh Conflict

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by Shireen T. Hunter The problem with frozen conflicts is that they are never actually frozen. They are put in cold storage for a while, and whenever conditions seem propitious or expedient for any of the players they are brought out… Continue Reading