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When Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in November, the ensuing conflict between the two countries had ripple effects in the South Caucasus and beyond. Turkey made a strong statement of its readiness to defend its interests in a turbulent neighborhood, reinforcing its status as a regional power to be reckoned with. Reactions to the incident on both sides plainly ...
Azerbaijan is using its pivotal location and its energy wealth to maintain a stance of independence while pursuing its own regional objectives and minimising foreign intervention in its domestic policies. A central pillar of the country’s policy has been to limit Moscow’s ability to influence its vital gas and oil export routes. This stance is one of many that refl...
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first visit to Azerbaijan in more than seven years reflected the complex and sometimes strained relationship between the two oil producing countries - highlighted by Azerbaijan’s westward-oriented energy focus. But Moscow is intent on continuing its efforts to keep Azerbaijan in its sphere of influence while sending out warnings t...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Azerbaijan – on Iran’s northern border – is developing increasingly close relationships with Israel, the US and other western countries – a move which is unsettling Tehran. And should any war break out against the Islamic Republic, it is likely to involve Azerbaijan which could set the whole of the troubled South Caucasus region ablaze.
Azerbaijan is using a glitzy European pop contest to demonstrate to the world how this once-backward former-Soviet republic has become a modern society eager to forge links with Europe and willing to enter energy deals with its enormous oil and gas reserves. But protesters and human rights watchers want to use the same event to highlight alleged human rights abuses...