Azerbaijan President Calls for Return to “Historic Lands” in Armenia

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by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijan’s president has claimed that large parts of Armenia’s territory are Azerbaijan’s “historic lands,” vowing to return to them. The fraught assertion threatens to derail any progress, however slight, in peace talks between the two countries in… Continue Reading  

Is Sectarian Strife Brewing in Azerbaijan?

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by Eldar Mamedov At the beginning of July, two members of the Azerbaijani parliament, Qudrat Hassanguliyev and Fazil Gezenferoglu, launched a verbal attack against Iran. They accused Tehran of meddling in the internal affairs of a South Caucasus nation and… Continue Reading  

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  

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: 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