Competition in the Eastern Mediterranean: Is Trump Missing the Point?

Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Alexandros Michailidis /via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey A Trump administration decision to sanction two key Turkish officials in retaliation for the continued detention of an American cleric coupled with unqualified support for Israel and the adoption of a backseat in Syria threatens to further undermine… Continue Reading  

Attacks in Azerbaijan: Manipulation of a “Shiite Threat” and Iran

Yunis Safarov

 by Eldar Mamedov Highly unusual events have been rocking the small, but strategically important Caspian nation of Azerbaijan during the last week. An attempt on the life of Elmar Veliyev, the mayor of the nation´s second city, Ganja, took place… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan’s Saber Rattling Grows Louder

Ilham Aliyev (Shutterstock)

by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijan has sharpened its threats of war against Armenia in an apparent attempt to ratchet up tension over Nagorno-Karabakh, the territory that both sides claim. Verbal threats toward Armenia are nothing new for Azerbaijan, a state for which… Continue Reading  

Resolution of Caspian Sea Status Closer Than Ever

Five presidents of the Caspian states at the 2014 Caspian summit

by David O’Byrne A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, allowing for the laying of pipelines on the seabed and banning foreign military forces, has reportedly been agreed by the five bordering states. Officials also have… Continue Reading  

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan’s unremarkable election

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (NATO)

by Giorgi Lomsadze Azerbaijan’s presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev won his fourth consecutive term with an 86 percent landslide, while his token rivals got crumbs of voter support – in the low single digits –… Continue Reading