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  

Azerbaijanis Dance to Support Their Kin in Iran

Maedeh Hojabri was arrested in Iran after recording a dance video in her bedroom and uploading it to Instagram.

by Lamiya Adilgizi  Social media users in Azerbaijan are dancing on video to express solidarity with their ethnic kin in northern Iran. The campaign began among ethnic Azerbaijanis in Iran, who make up around one-quarter of the country’s population, and took to… Continue Reading  

Turkish Lira Casts Pall Over Caucasus And Central Asia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

by Maximilian Hess The Turkish Lira two weeks ago ended one of the most turbulent weeks in its history, settling uneasily at six to the dollar. Turkey’s borrowing spree and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s insistence on low interest rates hastened the lira’s… Continue Reading  

Report: Pentagon Contracts Aided Airline With Ties To Azerbaijani Ruling Family

A Silk Way Airlines flight landing at Malpensa Airport in 2011 (Wikimedia Commons / Harald Kinader)

by Joshua Kucera An Azerbaijani airline with close ties to the ruling family was the beneficiary of a large Pentagon contract and an attractive loan by a U.S. government bank, a new investigation has found. The revelations are yet another chapter… 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