Azerbaijan: Time to Address the Potential Salafi Danger

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (second from right) and his wife visit the Goy Imam Mosque in late October 2014. Hundreds of Azerbaijanis are known to have joined Islamic State (IS) forces in Syria with the concern starting to build that these battle-hardened jihadists could one day set their sights on challenging Aliyev’s administration. (Photo: Azerbaijani Presidential Press Service)

by Eldar Mamedov Earlier in October, Azerbaijani news media reported the death of a professional Azerbaijani wrestler, Rashad Bakhshaliyev, who was killed in Syria while fighting for the Islamic State. The news, which came as a surprise to many in… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan Pursues Drones, New Security Hopes


by Shahin Abbasov  Heightened tensions with longtime foe Armenia over breakaway Nagorno Karabakh and mediator Russia’s Ukrainian adventure appear to be pushing Caspian-Sea energy power Azerbaijan ever more strongly toward a military strategy of self-reliance. The strategy comes via two approaches: first, a build-up in Azerbaijani-made… Continue Reading