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, 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  

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