Iran Sanctions Herald Energy Trouble for Caucasus Nations

Oil fields near Baku (Juraj Kamenicky via Shutterstock)

by David O’Byrne The resumption of wide-ranging American sanctions on Iran promises economic uncertainty for the Islamic Republic’s neighbors in the Caucasus: Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Washington’s goal of reducing Iran’s oil exports to zero will not directly impact any… Continue Reading  

As Bolton Targets Russia and Iran, Is Armenia the Collateral Damage?

John Bolton in Russia

by Joshua Kucera Befitting his bull-in-a-china-shop reputation, John Bolton’s whirlwind tour of the Caucasus left a trail of geopolitical wreckage that his hosts are still trying to pick up even after Bolton himself is back in Washington. As expected, the visit… Continue Reading  

Armenia’s “Revolution” Faces Its Biggest Test Yet

Nikol Pashinyan (Alexander Chizhenok via Shutterstock)

by Joshua Kucera Armenians poured into the streets of Yerevan on October 2, summoned by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who said that the country was at risk of a “counter-revolution” fomented by remnants of the regime he toppled in the spring. A… Continue Reading  

Armenia, Azerbaijan Leaders Talk About Reducing Conflict

Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev

by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan spoke for the first time and agreed on several steps to reduce tension between the Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces. The two met on the sidelines of… Continue Reading  

Armenian Settlements: Occupied Territory or Homeland?

Dadivank Monastery, near Kelbajar (Joshua Kucera)

by Joshua Kucera When Alexander Kananyan moved to Kelbajar in 2000, it was “completely destroyed,” he recalls. There was no electricity or telephone service, and he had to walk up to 40 kilometers to catch any sort of transportation. But… Continue Reading