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 Azerbaijan’s Aliyev is a Strategic Liability, Not an Asset

posted on Sep 16 2023 10:57:18 UTC via nationalinterest.org

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Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan for nearly eighteen years, sits atop a mirage. Azerbaijan’s capital Baku exudes wealth. Luxury boutiques like Bulgari, Christian Dior, Gucci, and Trussardi line Neftchiler Avenue across Primorsky Park from the Bay of Baku. Luxury hotels like the Four Seasons, Marriott Absheron, and the Hilton Baku overlook the cornice. Car dealerships showcase the latest Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis, and Ferraris. Azerbaijan is hardly the only country to sport such an ostentatious display—Persian Gulf emirates do as well—but the wealth extremes among Azeri citizens are greater, as anyone who has bypassed the official tours to see the mudbrick houses and shantytowns outside the capital can attest. While those associated with the Aliyev family and his inner circle might afford Baku’s luxury goods, most city residents, including the educated and professional class, barely scrape by. Travel an hour or two outside the capital, and the situation is even worse.

Azerbaijan is among the world’s most corrupt countries; Transparency International ranks Azerbaijan with Russia, Mali, and Malawi. In contrast, neighboring Armenia sits alongside Greece and Slovakia in the rankings, while Georgia scores even better. The recent Pandora Papers exposé showed that family members of senior Azeri officials had bought or sold tens of millions of dollars of luxury real estate.

Politically, Azerbaijan remains an authoritarian dictatorship. Freedom House assesses that Azeris living under Aliyev’s dictatorship enjoy less freedom than Palestinians struggling under Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip and Houthi repression in Yemen; Azeris enjoy fewer civil liberties than the Chinese under President Xi Jinping’s repressive rule.

Why the West Ignores Azerbaijan’s Reality

Western states have ignored Aliyev’s corruption and repression for a variety of reasons:

The United Kingdom shields Azerbaijan at international forums because of British Petroleum’s interest in the country’s energy market. While China’s trade with Azerbaijan has historically been only a fraction of Great Britain’s, Beijing’s ambitions in Azerbaijan are quickly growing, which ironically makes China and the United Kingdom allies in the United Nations Security Council offering blind support to Azerbaijan, when the United Nations considers issues involving the South Caucasus.

Israel, meanwhile, has long-standing ties with Azerbaijan that are rooted in the arms-for-energy trade. During last year’s Nagorno-Karabakh war, Azerbaijan used Israeli drones against both civilian and military targets to turn the tide of the war after ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh rebuffed the initial Azerbaijani invasion.

Traditionally, both Israel and the United States also value Azerbaijan for its strategic location and willingness to allow espionage, if not full-fledged operations, against the Islamic Republic of Iran. While the mostly Shi’ite Azerbaijan once sought to distinguish itself from theocratic Iran to its south, in recent years, Aliyev has played the issue both ways: coasting on Azerbaijan’s past reputation while increasing his ties with Iran (and Russia), recent disputes with Tehran notwithstanding.

Azerbaijan’s reputation for religious tolerance and secularism also attracts many Western supporters. Certainly, Azerbaijan deserves praise in this regard, though the myth does not live up to reality. While Azerbaijan has generally protected its Jewish community, Aliyev’s government has long targeted Azerbaijan’s Christians, in some cases by erasing centuries-old cultural property like the graveyard in Julfa that Azerbaijani troops systematically destroyed. More recently, Aliyev’s cooperation with and tolerance for Syrian jihadi mercenaries, whom he used in his fight against Nagorno-Karabakh’s Armenians, raise questions about his outlook. In many ways, Aliyev appears to be taking a page from Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s playbook: Distract the West with paeans to the secular past while quietly co-opting, if not promoting, religious extremists to act as policy proxies. When countries have embraced such tactics, the result has been blowback that harmed the standing of religious minorities. Azerbaijan’s subordination of its foreign policy to Erdoğan’s—even allowing Turkish diplomats veto power over Azerbaijani engagements—should raise questions about Baku’s tolerance and the ability of Israel and the United States to leverage Azerbaijani territory for other strategic pursuits in the near future.

Beyond the strategic reasons for ignoring Azerbaijan’s reality, there is also the reality of caviar diplomacy and golden parachutes. Azerbaijan pays well. The regime spends lavishly on gifts, luxury hotel suites, and dinners and provides access to those who parrot official positions and, more importantly, refuse to research or consider counterarguments. Some Israeli officials openly talk about how they hope to enter the Azerbaijani business scene after retirement. Former American officials might be more discreet in what they say, but their actions do not substantively differ.

Aliyev’s Dangerous Revanchism

Aliyev’s orientation should raise questions for any honest analyst, but, what really makes Azerbaijan a strategic liability, is Aliyev’s increasing unwillingness to live within Azerbaijan’s borders. This problem goes beyond disputes with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, the contested territory recognized by most countries as Azerbaijani territory, and extends to Aliyev’s territorial claims over Armenia proper, which the Azerbaijani dictator has increasingly voiced over the past decade.

For example, on November 20, 2012, Aliyev said, “Armenia as a country is of no value. It is actually a colony, an outpost run from abroad, a territory artificially created on ancient Azerbaijani lands.” The following year, Aliyev gave a speech in which he promised not only to retake Nagorno-Karabakh but also all of Armenia. “Azerbaijanis will live on their historical lands in the future. Our historical lands are Irevan [Yerevan] and Zangezur regions,” he said. He returned to this theme on January 22, 2014, during a visit to Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second-largest city, when he described Armenia as “historical Azerbaijani lands” that his countrymen will eventually regain. While Minsk Group diplomats pushed a land-for-peace and security deal, Aliyev promised Azeris that an Armenian withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh and the adjacent districts would only be the first phase of a final solution.

At Nowruz celebrations the following year, Aliyev tripled down on the theme. “The Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be settled only within the framework of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territorial integrity,” he said, then added, “after that, we will return to our ancient lands—to Yerevan, Geicha, and Zangezur.”

While successive secretaries of state took Aliyev at his word when he promised to settle his disputes with Armenia diplomatically, Aliyev did not try to deceive his home audience. Speaking in the central Azerbaijani district of Terter in December 2016, he explained, “Today, we are not claiming any in the modern Republic of Armenia. We do not intend to reclaim Yerevan, Meghri, Goris through military force but I’m sure that time will come, and we, Azerbaijanis, will return to all our historic lands,” He then promised, “The main factor [for success] is strength. This is true. We live in the real world. So we have to become even stronger, to create a more powerful army.”

In recent years, especially as his economy has stagnated or declined against the backdrop of falling oil prices, Aliyev has increasingly turned toward revanchist claims to distract the public from his own mismanagement. During a speech to his New Azerbaijan Party, for example, Aliyev claimed that Yerevan, the territories of Lake Sevan, and the province of Syunik, also known as Zangezur, are historical Azerbaijani lands and that their return was a “strategic and political goal.” During a Baku military parade after the Azeri victory in the most recent Nagorno-Karabakh war, Aliyev called Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, as well as Armenia’s Syunik and Sevan regions “historical lands” of Azerbaijan. Such rhetoric dashes hopes for peace. Just last month, Aliyev threw cold water on Armenia’s request for talks about the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, warning Armenians that they should refrain from raising the subject since Azerbaijan has more historical grounds for claiming parts of Armenia like Zangezur and Lake Geicha.

It is one thing for Azerbaijan not to have diplomatic relations with Armenia—that can be rectified—but it is quite another to reject Armenia’s right to exist.

A Perfect Storm

Family fiefdoms seldom succeed in countries without formal, institutionalized monarchies. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak fell when he tried to promote his son to power. Likewise, Muammar Gaddafi fell as he tried to have his son Saif succeed him. Hafez al-Assad’s son Bashar did come into power, but Syria ultimately paid a far higher price as it descended into civil war.

For dictators, the problem with multi-decade rule is that political scapegoats are in short supply. For example, Erdoğan cannot blame his predecessors for the corruption and economic mismanagement that drained Turkey’s foreign reserves and crashed its currency. For all of Azerbaijan’s hydrocarbon wealth, the per capita income of Azerbaijanis is actually less than that of Georgians and Armenians, the latter of whom subsist under a Turkish-Azerbaijani economic blockade. While the citizens of Gulf emirates arguably accept a contract in which they sacrifice freedoms for wealth, the comparison between the Gulf states and Azerbaijan falters because ordinary Azeris receive little in exchange for political pliancy.

Azerbaijan now faces a perfect storm. As Aliyev seeks to promote his wife and son to succeed him, ordinary Azerbaijanis grow increasingly frustrated with their plight. They also see the cost of Aliyev’s Nagorno-Karabakh victory: infringement on Azerbaijani sovereignty by Russian and Turkish troops. Aliyev sponsors trips for foreign officials and some Azeris to recaptured areas of Nagorno-Karabakh, but few Azeris who originate from the territory are prepared to return permanently, given the region’s lack of jobs and their new roots in and around Baku. In effect, Aliyev wants to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure and Potemkin ghost towns that few Azeris want to reside in permanently during a shaky time for  Azerbaijan’s economy, the rise in oil prices notwithstanding.

The Armenian Church celebrates today Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the last of the five major feasts of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It is the most important feast among the feasts dedicated to the Holy Cross, as it is dedicated to the history of the return of the Holy Cross from imprisonment, its elevation and glorification. In the Armenian Apostolic Church the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is celebrated on Sunday during the period between September 11-17. This year that date is September 17, and the Monday following the Feast is a Memorial Day.

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Lachin Corridor remains closed despite ‘rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation’  15 September 2023ByArshaluys BarseghyanThe Azerbaijani checkpoint at the entrance to the Lachin Corridor. Photo: Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan.The Lachin Corridor, connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia, remains blocked by Azerbaijan, as the region continues to grapple…
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 Selected Articles – The News And TimesU.S. Generals Attend Joint Military Drills In ArmeniaYEREVAN (Azatutyun.am)—Two U.S. generals have arrived in Armenia to watch an ongoing U.S.-Armenian military exercise criticized by Russia and Iran. Major General Gregory Anderson, the commander of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, and Brigadier General…
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 Situation in Artsakh discussed during consultations chaired by President Shahramanyanposted at 13:56:26 UTC via en.armradio.amThe situation created in Artsakh as a result of the complete blockade of Artsakh by Azerbaijan and the mechanisms for overcoming it were discussed during the working consultations convened by President Samvel Shahverdyan.Other…
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 Selected Articles – The News And TimesPutin signaling to trade detained Americans for captured assassins ‘like dealing with a drug gang’Rachel Maddow looks at the “acute toxicity” of Vladimir Putin in the international community, sending assassins to other countries to kill his political enemies and taking foreign nationals hostage to trade with other…
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Mr. Hajiyev: You watch the “serious corruption allegations” against Azerbaijan and against your own boss, Ilham Aliyev. See “Azerbaijani Laundromat”, for example. https://t.co/hcflWVkVzu | https://t.co/6RNDrLHCin… | South Caucasus News | #SouthCaucasus #News |… pic.twitter.com/rDSsB7Cy4B— Michael Novakhov (@mikenov) September 13, 2023 The News And…
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 Senator Menendez Presses State Department on Its Actions Regarding Lachin Blockade, Assembly Submits Testimonyposted at 05:21:19 UTC via mirrorspectator.com“Is it so important to us that we cozy up to someone who is in the process of creating ethnic cleansing? Is that the side of history the US wants to stand on?” concluded Senator Menendez.Conveying…
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Selected Articles – Michael Novakhov’s favorite articles on Inoreader – The News And TimesHeads of state participating in 5th Consultative Meeting viewed EXPO Central Asia 2023 exhibition in Dushanbe [PHOTOS]President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and other presidents participating in the 5th Consultative Meeting of the Heads of State of…
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Louis Bono – GS – 5.14.23menafnUs State Department’s Senior Advisor For Caucasus Negotiations Visits ArmeniaBAKU, Azerbaijan, September 14. Louis L. Bono, theState Department’s Senior Advisor for CaucaNegotiations, has visited Armenia, T..2 hours agoTrend News AgencyUS State Department’s Senior Advisor for Caucasus Negotiations visits ArmeniaBAKU, Azerbaijan,…
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Armenian Anarchist Group Rises in Besieged Artsakhposted at 10:02:50 UTC via theatlasnews.coWhat You Need To Know: The ongoing Azerbaijani blockade of food, fuel, and medical supplies from reaching the Armenian statelet of Artsakh, also known as Nagorno-Karabakh, and home to around 120,000 people has today triggered the creation of a new anarchist group…
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Michael Novakhov’s favorite articlesAzerbaijan Defense Minister receives new Commander of Russian peacekeeping forcesposted at 17:35:57 UTC via azernews.azOn September 12, the new Commander of the Russian peacekeeping forces temporarily stationed in Azerbaijan, Major General Kirill Kulakov was introduced to the Azerbaijan Defense Minister, Colonel General…
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The EU & US (the “Collective West”) and Nikol Pashinyan did one smart thing: they INTERNATIONALIZED the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) conflict. Now it is not about Armenia vs Azerbaijan, it is the World (and UN) against the violations of the rights of the ethnic minorities, and, by association all Human Rights by the certain forces of Azerbaijan. Now,…
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#SouthCaucasus #News News https://t.co/WaVZxqr5Bl https://t.co/XuD9if8PCl #PoliticalPrisoners Azerbaijan #AzerbaijanIlham Aliyev #IlhamAliyev: No wonder that Nagorno-Karabakh #NagornoKarabakh (Artsakh – #Artsakh) does not want to be your political vassal and to live under… pic.twitter.com/iD1brQLUvO— Michael Novakhov (@mikenov) September 11, 2023 Michael…
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Impeachment of President Salome Zurabishvili and Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili _____________________________Georgian PM discusses ties, country’s EU aspirations with new Dutch Ambassadorposted at 14:49:38 UTC via Agenda.ge news.feedAs The EU Pushes Georgia To End Political Polarization, The Government Impeaches The Presidentposted at 16:02:09…
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Chairman Menendez Leads Senate Foreign Relations Committee Calls for Enforcing Section 907 Restrictions on U.S. Aid to Azerbaijan WASHINGTON – Under intense grilling on Thursday by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a mid-level Biden-Harris Administration aide repeatedly dodged direct questions about the State Department’s failure to break…
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Watch as Munich Oktoberfest opens its doors for the 188th edition of beer festival. Watch more from Independent TV at: https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/editors-picks Click here to subscribe to The Independent: https://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-Independent About The Independent: Making Change Happen. The Independent is the world’s most free-thinking…
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nullTony Anderson/Getty ImagesA new analysis from Pew Research Center looks at the composition of modern families.Compared to 1970, far fewer adults are living with a spouse and at least one child.It reflects how socioeconomic challenges are changing what families look like.Gone are the white picket fences, the two-and-a-half children in the suburbs,…
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Kyiv On ‘Offense’ While Russia Rejects Ukrainian Liberation Claim And Says Drones Downed Near Moscow  Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
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U.S. President Joe Biden will meet with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy at the White House on Thursday, September 21, according to U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
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New Covid variant Eris is better at escaping immunity than other strains: Lancet study  Hindustan Times
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Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs has congratulated Mexico on the occasion of National Day, Report informs, citing the ministry’s official page on X.
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China Defense Minister Faces Investigation as Speculation Grows  Voice of America – VOA News
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Chairman Menendez Leads Senate Foreign Relations Committee Calls for Enforcing Section 907 Restrictions on U.S. Aid to Azerbaijan WASHINGTON – Under intense grilling on Thursday by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a mid-level Biden-Harris Administration aide repeatedly dodged direct questions about the State Department’s failure to break…
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Russia is systematically discussing with the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides various solutions for the Lachin corridor, TASS reported, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “The Russian side is systematically pushing ahead with its work both with Baku and Yerevan. We will continue to do so. Quite recently the first batch of humanitarian aid arrived…
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Azerbaijan’s military escalates its presence near Armenia (Image: https://twitter.com/Cen4infoRes)Azerbaijan’s military has been boosting its forces near Armenia, and its vehicles have been painted with symbols reminiscent of those employed by the Russian army before its entry into Ukraine. The Centre for Information Resilience (CIR) published open-source…
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YEREVAN (Azatutyun.am)—Two U.S. generals have arrived in Armenia to watch an ongoing U.S.-Armenian military exercise criticized by Russia and Iran. Major General Gregory Anderson, the commander of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, and Brigadier General Patrick Ellis, a deputy chief of staff of the U.S. troops in Europe, joined Armenia’s top military…
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Hearings on Nagorno-Karabakh in the US Senate “The United States will not tolerate any attempt at ethnic cleansing against Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians, military action, or other atrocities, whether in the short or long term,” Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Yuri Kim said. At a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee…
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Hearings on Nagorno-Karabakh in the US Senate JAMnews  JAMnews
 
Ukraine strikes Russia’s navy in Crimea: Emerging Europe this week  Emerging Europe
 
‘We want the Lachin Corridor to be opened immediately,’ U.S. Department of State  ARMENPRESS
 
Moscow works with Yerevan, Baku on Lachin corridor solutions …  Panorama.am
 
Biden Administration Dodges Senate Demands for U.S. Action to …  Asbarez Armenian News
 
“The Lachin Corridor Must Open Now That’s Non Negotiable” Yuri Kim  Armenian News by MassisPost
 
Azerbaijan hopes to ‘catch’ unwelcome Armenians with help of illegal checkpoint at Lachin corridor  Armenia News
 
Context | PM’s Murky Chinese Connection  Civil Georgia
Ukraine’s Zelensky expected to meet Biden during US trip  News.Az
 
Baku, September 15, AZERTAC The expert delegations from Azerbaijan and Armenia have met in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. The Azerbaijani delegation was headed by Chairman of the Board of the Center of Analysis of International Relations Farid Shafiyev (AIR Center), and the Armenian delegation by Director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan….
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This week’s special episode of Russian Roulette features an interview on Georgia’s foreign agents law conducted by our sister podcast, The Eurofile. Max Bergmann and Donatienne Ruy from the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia program sit down with Kakha Gogolashvili, Senior Fellow and Director of EU Studies at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and…
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The Lachin Corridor, connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia, remains blocked by Azerbaijan, as the region continues to grapple with supply shortages amid calls for its reopening. Nagorno-Karabakh has been under blockade since December last year and has experienced increasingly severe food, medicine, and energy shortages since. The Red Cross…
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Abkhazia’s Foreign Minister Inal Ardzinba has warned citizens that improving Georgian–Russian relations could threaten Abkhazia, while also suggesting that Georgia was prepared to attack the region given the opportunity.  Just under two weeks after Ardzinba was rumoured to have resigned from his position, the foreign minister has begun a series of…
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As the blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh drags on, the performance of the Russian peacekeepers charged with providing security on the road in and out of the territory is coming under closer scrutiny than ever before. And the reviews, from all sides, have been scathing. Under the harsh spotlight of the constant coverage by pro-government Azerbaijani media,…
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This week’s special episode of Russian Roulette features an interview on Georgia’s foreign agents law conducted by our sister podcast, The Eurofile. Max Bergmann and Donatienne Ruy from the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia program sit down with Kakha Gogolashvili, Senior Fellow and Director of EU Studies at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and…
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PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 800 (PDF) Every day, Russia’s neighbors observe its hostile actions in Ukraine with concern and uncertainty. The war and its consequences are producing a variety of outcomes, many we cannot predict or observe, including dramatic ones that could overhaul history and politics. We cannot foretell decisionmaking from…
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Baku, September 15, AZERTACThe expert delegations from Azerbaijan and Armenia have met in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.The Azerbaijani delegation was headed by Chairman of the Board of the Center of Analysis of International Relations Farid Shafiyev (AIR Center), and the Armenian delegation by Director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan.The…
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Azerbaijani, Armenian experts meet in Tbilisi – AZERTAC  AZERTAC News
Analyst: Armenia has not recognized Azerbaijan territorial integrity …  Armenia News
Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh under harsh spotlight  Eurasianet
This theme embraces the study of ethnopolitical conflicts in the South Caucasus. It has three main focus areas: (1) assessing the current status and the risks of escalation, (2) proposing innovative theoretical approaches, and (3) putting the conflict in a wider historical and geographical perspective. This theme includes research papers. The Conflict…
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Skip to content Within this theme, we study the transformation, building and consolidation of democratic institutions in Armenia and the South Caucasus. The main goal of activities within this theme is to encourage a rational discourse about existing problems and trends in nation-building, based on empirical facts and modern political theory, and to…
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Skip to content The Caucasus Institute has engaged in media studies since its establishment in 2002, placing them in a context of political science and sociology rather than just communication studies. We have conducted media research in a variety of formats and using various methods, including:Armenian Media Quality Assessment, 2004-2007, a  joint…
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This theme has two components: assessing research capacities in Armenia, especially in the area of political and social sciences, and improving them via the inclusion of Armenian research bodies in international scholarly discourses, networks and partnerships.The theme includes:Since 2006, as part of its partnership with the South Caucasus Bureau of…
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The Caucasus Institute (CI) in Yerevan, Armenia, was one of the first organizations to launch Armenia-Turkey civil society rapprochement initiative starting from 2005. The activities had different components and were realized with the support of various partners and donors including the Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC), UNDP, the Heinrich Böll…
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Skip to content Gender mainstreaming is still a challenge in Armenia; although the country has made international commitments, adopted national and marz-level plans and established bodies and offices responsible for gender-sensitive planning, implementation on local level remains weak. The projects implemented by the CI are mostly based on the low capacity…
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Skip to content This theme is devoted to the study of Armenian diaspora, migration and minorities. The Caucasus Institute has carried out the following initiatives within the framework of this theme.Armenian Diaspora: Essays on Sociocultural Typology. The volume is the result of a joint study by two scholars Viktor Dyatlov, an expert on Diaspora theory,…
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In the aftermath of World War II, the international community created, through the United Nations and other international legal instruments, what scholars and policymakers dubbed the “post-war world order.” This term implied that the world was determined to prevent any large-scale global catastrophe by upholding certain principles that they enshrined…

This is a response to the piece published by CNN titled “Responsible to believe genocide against Armenians being committed, former ICC chief prosecutor says”, authored by Eve Brennan et al, on 12 August 2023. The article repeats the biased and flawed conclusion arrived at in the recent report by Luis Moreno Ocampo, a former ICC chief prosecutor,…

The two Karabakh wars have, over the last 30 years, claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, ruined cities and livelihoods in the region, and resulted in the forcible expulsion of over 1 million people from their homes and properties. The Armenian armed forces committed serious violations of international humanitarian law amounting…

On September 9, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan spoke on the phone with the leaders of France, Iran, Georgia and Germany, as well as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Azatutyan.am; Primeminister.am, September 9). In a manner that resembled his outreach to various world leaders at the beginning of the Second Karabakh War (September…

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been a major challenge for security and posed obstacles for regional economic and political integration in the South Caucasus. The Second Karabakh War in late 2020 ended the occupation of the major part of the Azerbaijani territories and opened new horizons for regional economic integration…

One year ago, in a piece titled “Towards Armenian–Azerbaijani rapprochement: Initial steps,”[1] I evaluated the initial developments towards the rapprochement undertaken by the governments of both Azerbaijan and Armenia, and Armenia and Türkiye. The piece ended on a positive note highlighting the first direct phone conversation between Armenian and…

One of the primary methods for ensuring the national interests, security, and overall growth of any country is regarded to be thoughtful foreign policy based on national interests. Heydar Aliyev, the nation’s leader who regained office in the summer of 1993, used the aforementioned thoughtful foreign policy approach, and it significantly…

A meeting of expert delegations from Azerbaijan and Armenia took place in Tbilisi, Report informs citing the Center of Analysis of International Relations (AIR Center). From the Azerbaijani side, the delegation was headed by the chairman of the board of the center, Farid Shafiyev, and from the Armenian side, by the director of the Caucasus Institute,…
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A meeting of expert delegations from Azerbaijan and Armenia took place in Tbilisi, Report informs citing the Center of Analysis of International Relations (AIR Center).
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В Москве прокомментировали решение Госдепа США ввести санкции против бывшего генерального прокурора Грузии Отара Парцхаладзе. Как заявил в разговоре с грузинским телеканалом «Формула» председатель Комитета по международным делам Совета РФ Григорий Карасин, Москва не может реагировать на это решение иначе, как возмущением. По его словам, он не располагает…
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U.S. To Give Ukraine Depleted Uranium Rounds For M1 Abrams Tanks  Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
ICRC evacuates 9 patients from blockaded Nagorno-Karabakh  ARMENPRESS
Nagorno-Karabakh: Prospects for De-escalation (Online event, 15 …  Crisis Group
Abkhazia’s Foreign Minister Inal Ardzinba has warned citizens that improving Georgian–Russian relations could threaten Abkhazia, while also suggesting that Georgia was prepared to attack the region given the opportunity.  Just under two weeks after Ardzinba was rumoured to have resigned from his position, the foreign minister has begun a series of…
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Avoid Armenia-Azerbaijan Airspace, Warns Aviation Consultants  Hetq Online
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დღეს, 15 სექტემბერს, პრემიერ-მინისტრმა მთავრობის სხდომაზე რამდენიმე საკითხის შესახებ ისაუბრა, თუმცა არაფერი უთქვამს ყოფილი მთავარი პროკურორის, ოთარ ფარცხალაძის სანქცირებაზე. ამერიკის შეერთხებულმა შტატებმა ფარცხალაძისთვის სანქციების დაწესების შესახებ გადაწყვეტილება 14 სექტემბერს გამოაქვეყნა. აშშ-ის ხაზინის თანახმად, ფარცხალაძეს, როგორც თავის თანამოაზრეს,…
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“The Republic of Armenia kept 20 percent of our country’s lands under occupation for nearly 30 years. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to ECO member countries for their principled position and support of Azerbaijan’s fair cause during the occupation and at the subsequent stage. During this period, Armenia committed war…
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Putin’s Useful Priests: The Russian Orthodox Church and the …  Foreign Affairs Magazine
Macron Defends Choice To Attend Pope’s Mass  Barron’s
 
Pope Francis Meets Close Collaborator of Father Rupnik  National Catholic Register
 

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden host a reception to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the East Room of the White House. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images A recent spate of polling paints a bad picture of declining support for the president from voters of color. But just how worrisome is it? Though we’re still…
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Unprincipled men  The Western News
 

The Wall Street Journal reporter has been held in Russia since March. Thousands have written him letters for the Jewish new year, as the campaign for his release hones in on next week’s U.N. meeting.(Image credit: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Justice Department says there’s no valid basis for the judge to step aside from Trump’s DC case  WLUC
Special counsel argues judge should not disqualify herself from Trump Jan. 6 case  WPRI.com
Trump offers no valid argument to recuse judge overseeing Jan. 6 indictment: Special counsel  Law & Crime

Progressive Tiffany Cabán says Eric Adams’ hostile comments on migrants have ‘real possibility’ of inciting violenceA prominent New York progressive is warning that mayor Eric Adams’s hostile comments about the rising number of migrants in the city are “dangerous” and risk inciting violence against the new arrivals and other immigrants.Tiffany Cabán,…
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Opinion | Marijuana should not be a Schedule 1 drug alongside heroin  The Washington Post
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The situation created in Artsakh as a result of the complete blockade of Artsakh by Azerbaijan and the mechanisms for overcoming it were discussed during the working consultations convened by President Samvel Shahverdyan. Other urgent issues on the solution of food problems of the population, pricing of agricultural products, distribution of…
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Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has firmly responded to US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Yuri Kim, following her statements at the Senate, Azernews reports. “The fact that the initiator and organizer of these hearings are Robert Menendez, a pro-Armenian Senator who is notable by a traditional enmity…
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16:16, 15 September 2023 YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 15, ARMENPRESS. On September 15, Minister of Defense of Armenia Suren Papikyan, together with United States Ambassador to Armenia Kristina Kvien, First Deputy Minister of Defense- Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Edward Asryan, the Deputy Chief of Staff for the…
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Azerbaijan has accused Yuri Kim, the Acting US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs, of smear campaign. The statements made by Kim do not reflect “the current situation and realities in the post-conflict situation in the region” and “contain elements of Armenia’s worldwide smear campaign…
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Rachel Maddow looks at the “acute toxicity” of Vladimir Putin in the international community, sending assassins to other countries to kill his political enemies and taking foreign nationals hostage to trade with other countries when those assassins and other nefarious agents are caught and brought to justice.   » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc…
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Further Deepening Rift With Moscow, Pashinyan Says Russian Peacekeepers ‘Failed their Mission’; Calls for Ratification of International Criminal Court Treaty Prime Minister Nikol Pashiyan told Politico Europe that Armenia cannot rely on Russia for protection, further deepening the rift between Moscow and Yerevan. He also said that the Russian peacekeepers…
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We want the Lachin Corridor to be opened immediately, Spokesperson for the US Department of State Matthew Miller said at a briefing with journalists. “We have made that clear. Secretary Blinken has engaged with the leaders of both Armenia and Azerbaijan to make it clear that we want the Lachin Corridor to be opened immediately to address the really…
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