Transcaucasia

Why is There Now a Crisis in Relations Between Azerbaijan and Iran?

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Recent weeks have seen a significant military escalation on the border between Azerbaijan and Iran. With belligerent statements made by both sides, Iranian troops are being transferred to the border with their northern neighbor. Explaining the move, Brigadier-General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the Ground Forces of the Islamic…

Russia’s Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry and Its Relations with Azerbaijan

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The Republic of Azerbaijan, a former Soviet state that is now a member of the CIS, is a long-term partner of Russia. Although it is not a member of such important (from Russia’s perspectiveDahJTkfw international organizations as the EAEC (Eurasian Economic UnionDahJTkfw and the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty OrganizationDahJTkfw, Russia…

Saudi and Western Ponzi-Scheme vs. Regional Geopolitical Realities

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The more you read, and read again, the same material but with the titles changed, the more disillusioned you become. It is as if the pundits just don’t get it, even to the extent of calling the South Caucasus part of Europe. In that particular case even Wikipedia is more accurate than most: Transcaucasia, also known as the South Caucasus…

How Russia and China are Reshaping the South Caucasus

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The Russia brokered negotiated end of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has laid the basis for a major geo-political transformation of the South Caucasus. While Russia’s role in bringing the military conflict to an end and holding the ceasefire did put it in-charge of the South Caucasus, subsequent developments show how Russia has expanded its role and consolidated its position…

Nagorno-Karabakh: Erdogan Trying to Save Himself at the Expense of Others?

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It is still difficult to find out what is actually going on in the NK conflict zone. News outlets are highly selective in their reporting, which is based more often than not on carefully controlled information drips from Azerbaijan and Armenia. The reports being shared back and forth on various sites are little more than versions of whose ox…

Azerbaijan and the Plans of Israeli Politicians

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As the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh mushrooms, the Israeli-Azerbaijani arms trade is flourishing, and in this case Netanyahu’s government is being chiefly guided by economic benefits, with political calculations, or rather miscalculations, in second place after those. It should be pointed out that at present the Israeli economy is experiencing great difficulties due to the pandemic…

New US Ambassador to Azerbaijan is a First-Class Troublemaker

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In early March, Washington sent a new ambassador to Azerbaijan that was appointed by the sitting US president Donald Trump personally. As it’s been revealed by a number of media sources, Earle Litzenberger is a career member of the US State department that used to occupy the position…

Sanctions and Recent Policy Shifts in Armenian-Iranian Relations

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Armenian-Iranian relations have the potential to achieve new levels of ‘amicable’ collaboration—if the two nations are left alone to deal with one another. Although few laypersons can even locate one or the other on a map, many soon will be able to as American sanctions on Iran impact…

Moscow Moves in to Provide a Counterweight to Israeli Behind-the-scenes Steps in Azerbaijan

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On September 28, 2018 Russia’s Pravda news outlet published a story titled; “Putin in Azerbaijan: Israel will have to leave Moscow’s Sphere of Influence.” The story itself was sketchy on details of the exchange. “Russian President Vladimir Putin came to Baku to…

Will the Azeris Take Nagorno-Karabakh by Force of Arms?

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“The Turks have passed by here; all is in ruins and mourning.“ – Victor Hugo, 1880, Balkan liberation wars. It did not take long to smell a rat on this story. Question number one in these out of thin air conflicts is “why now”? And the answer…

New Armenia Protests, Same US-Backed Mobs

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Another day, another protest in Armenia. And if we were to simply believe the Western media regarding this ‘other protest,’ we might get the impression that the Armenian people are upset with Russian policy and “Putinism.” In reality, the protests…

Demonstrations in Yerevan: Do Armenians Really Hate Russia?

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There have been anti-Moscow demonstrations in Yerevan over the past week or two. Some people have even thrown eggs at the Russian Embassy, despite the fact most Armenians owe their living to Russia in one way or another. Public…


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