Azerbaijan Releases More than 50 Political Prisoners

by Durna Safarova Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev has pardoned over 50 people widely considered to be political prisoners, an unprecedented move that observers are struggling to interpret. As has become a tradition to celebrate the Nowruz holiday, Aliyev pardoned more… Continue Reading  

Armenia, Azerbaijan Leaders Talk About Reducing Conflict

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  

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

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  

Azerbaijan’s Saber Rattling Grows Louder

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  

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan’s unremarkable election

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