Turkey-Russia Antagonism Playing Out in Karabakh

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by Dorian Jones The enmity that has been building between Turkey and Russia is spilling over into the Karabakh conflict. Heavy fighting in Karabakh between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces on April 2-5 marked the bloodiest point of the decades-long conflict… Continue Reading  

Nagorno-Karabakh: Chance for EU-Iran Engagement

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by Eldar Mamedov What was feared for a long time happened on April 2. Severe clashes erupted between Azerbaijan and Armenia around the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a disputed, Armenian-majority area legally part of Azerbaijan. The clashes, which claimed the lives of… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan: Did Prisoner Releases Help Secure Washington’s Welcome?

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by Giorgi Lomsadze Azerbaijan was welcomed at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC on March 30 as an international energy security and counterterrorism asset, while the country’s repressive ways gained only a faint mention.  

Can Azerbaijan Broker Peace Between Turkey and Russia?

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by Durna Safarova Azerbaijan wants to wriggle out of a diplomatic dilemma by trying to reconcile Turkey, its closest strategic ally, and Russia, with whom it shares a Soviet past. But experts believe the risk of Azerbaijan getting dragged into the… Continue Reading  

Is Taleh Bagir-zade Baku’s Sheikh Al-Nimr?

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by Eldar Mamedov The Muslim world continues to reverberate from the shock created by Saudi Arabia’s early January execution of Baqr al-Nimr, a dissident Shia cleric. Meanwhile, another outspoken Shia cleric, Taleh Bagir-zade, sits behind bars in Azerbaijan. Bagir-zade was… Continue Reading