Sotoudeh’s Case is Iran’s Own Goal

Nasrin Sotoudeh (Facebook)

by Eldar Mamedov Last week, the European Parliament joined the international outcry over the sentencing of Iranian human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to a long prison term by voting overwhelmingly for a resolution calling for her release. The European Parliament… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijani Reactions To Armenian Elections Range From Scorn To Optimism

Nikol Pashinyan (Wikimedia Commons)

by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijani’s government and media have heaped scorn on the recent elections in Armenia, but some optimists in the country found reason for hope that a new leadership in Yerevan could lead to progress in resolving the two countries’… Continue Reading  

Armenia Elections Boost Hopes for Peace with Azerbaijan

Nikol Pashinyan (Alexander Chizhenok via Shutterstock)

by Olesya Vartanyan One of the windows in Sonya Matinyan’s home is filled in with bricks. The glass of the other is splintered by a rifle bullet. The roof has taken a few missile hits and leaking water has stained… Continue Reading  

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