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The Diplomatic Elephant in the Room: Armenia's Russian Oligarch Consul General

The Diplomatic Elephant in the Room: Armenia's Russian Oligarch Consul General
06 December 2017

It is said that politics makes strange bedfellows. Perhaps diplomacy does as well, even more profoundly. At first glance, Sergei Sarkisov seems intriguing in both respects. He is Armenia's consul general in Los Angeles, a Russian citizen, and a notorious Russian oligarch – who owns numerous homes, including a $16 million mansion in Beverly Hills, and is fond of high-end auto racing.

Reviving an Ancient Route? The Role of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway

Reviving an Ancient Route? The Role of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway
04 December 2017

Though the initial idea about the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway project was raised in the early 1990s, it was not taken seriously due to regional instability and economic difficulties. However, with the realization of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil and the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipelines in 2006, the idea of a railway connection became real once again. The BTK, covering 850 km with a capacity of 5 million tons of cargo (upgradable to 15 million) per year and one million passengers (upgradable to three million), and connecting Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, was launched in 2007 (Klimas and Humbatov, 2016:38; Uysal, 20 October 2014).It was launched without any international backing mainly because Armenia was left out due its occupation of nearly20 percent of Azerbaijani territory after a war in the early 1990s that ended in a cease-fire in May 1994.

Armenia conducts hydroterror operations against Azerbaijan

Armenia conducts hydroterror operations against Azerbaijan
06 November 2017

Armenia is occupying Azerbaijan's territories though military aggression and violates international conventions by conducting hydro-terrorism activities. The Caucasus region covers the intersection of Europe and Asia, as well as territories between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. The trans-boundary water basins of 8 states in the region are in a joint dependence. The water resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan are 30.9 km3; about 70% (20.3 km3) of these are formed in the neighboring countries. It should be noted that these rivers flow into our country polluted. In general, the Republic of Azerbaijan is considered a country with limited water resources. The amount of river water per capita is 3219 m3 / year. If we take into account only local water resources, then this figure will be 1104 m3 / year. The ancient Azerbaijani lands play a major role in the water supply of the Armenian population as 81% of rivers' water resources in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan are formed in Kalbajar region.

How Congress misreads the Caucasus

How Congress misreads the Caucasus
03 October 2017

In its zeal to make foreign policy, a power entrusted by the Constitution to the executive branch, Congress may be making a serious error regarding American interests in the Caucasus. Recently Congress threatened to impose sanctions on Azerbaijan for its human rights shortcomings and authorized a small expenditure for demining in Nagorno-Karabakh. These moves have, in turn, prompted several Azerbaijani officials to warn that they would then cut off ties to NATO if sanctions are imposed. While sanctions can serve useful purposes in U.S. foreign policy, e.g., Iran and Russia, they are not necessarily the answer to Azerbaijan's policies at home. And funding Armenia, even if rhetorically and with minimal amounts of money, only exacerbates the situation.

Those Who Shun the Truth: Belgian Judge and New Chapter of Slander

Those Who Shun the Truth: Belgian Judge and New Chapter of Slander
27 September 2017

The campaign of slur, slander and fabrications against Azerbaijan is ongoing in some media outlets in Europe. Two Belgian newspapers have recently joined the race. In their publications they have attacked the judge of Belgium's Constitutional Court Jean-Paul Moerman for the veracity of his remarks on Azerbaijan. Illogical as it may seem, the European media is accusing Moerman of pro-Azerbaijan bias. Mr. Moerman's truthful remarks concerning the Khojaly genocide, Armenia's aggression and indifference of the international community were not met with objectivity. There is seemingly a euphoria in the West that whenever anything positive is said of Azerbaijan it must certainly be refuted. And that absolutely defies any legal or moral boundaries.

President Aliyev at the UNGA: the best platform to draw world community's attention to the Armenian aggression and barbarism

President Aliyev at the UNGA: the best platform to draw world community's attention to the Armenian aggression and barbarism
22 September 2017

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) was convened at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate was open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, with a focus on the theme, 'Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet'. The event will take place until to 25 September. As the annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly is the occasion for world leaders to gather at UN Headquarters to discuss global issues, several countries were represented at highest level.

Freedom of Expression in Western nations or Who can Serve as Role Model?

Freedom of Expression in Western nations or Who can Serve as Role Model?
13 September 2017

As it has already been reported the director of "Turan Information Agency" Mehman Aliyev was taken into police custody on 24 August 2017 upon the verdict issued by the Yasamal District Court of Baku. He was charged with illegal entrepreneurship (article 192.2.2. of the Penal Code), tax evasion (article 213.1) and abuse of power (article 308.1). That event was nearly a gift for those who search for any opportunity to launch a black PR campaign against Azerbaijan. They have immediately produced statements, alleging that democracy, freedom of speech and human rights are violated in Azerbaijan. Certain like-minded entities that are controlled from the same command center have almost simultaneously embarked upon a crusade against Azerbaijan. Those very entities choose to turn a blind eye on the developments in the countries of their own. In this context, it would be fascinating to scrutinize reports and papers by the leading international institutions, as well as international and local NGO's with respect to human rights violations in the recent years in the Western nations.

First Summit of the OIC on Science and Technology: the strong messages from Azerbaijan

First Summit of the OIC on Science and Technology: the strong messages from Azerbaijan
12 September 2017

On 10-11 September 2017, in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) hold its first science and technology summit at the level of head of state and government. Astana Summit witnessed a historic milestone as it evolved a unified collective position at the highest levels of decision-making in OIC Member States with a view to advancing the different fields of science, technology and innovation, while emphasizing the Muslim world's resolve to promote scientific and technical development. The Summit was important as it underscored the Member States' support for scientific fields by demonstrating the Muslim world's knowledge contributions away from the negative stereotypes that have become widespread recently.

Those Who Throw Dirt at Azerbaijan: Fearful of President's Resolve

Those Who Throw Dirt at Azerbaijan: Fearful of President's Resolve
11 September 2017

Here it goes again. Certain media outlets and pseudo-organizations have launched the next anti-Azerbaijan campaign. This time around their primary target is the President of Azerbaijan and his family. They have come up with bogus figures, alleging that some clandestine money transactions were made and act as if those allegations are backed by solid facts. But we all know that the song is old. They just added some new verses to it. Each time that Azerbaijan moves forward with an undertaking of international relevance, the envious ones resort to all sorts of fabrications. All of that is done against the backdrop of impotence and inaction of the Armenian authorities. While Azerbaijan has been very energetic on the international scene in the recent month Yerevan did nothing but complain and implore for help. To no avail by the way; those efforts cannot undermine Azerbaijan's posture. The rapid development and reforms across all areas will continue. The people of the country rally around the nation's leader. And given the enormous historical experience, the society cherishes the value of the independent statehood.

Situation in Armenia: internal crisis, foreign policy fiasco

Situation in Armenia: internal crisis, foreign policy fiasco
04 August 2017

The Armenian media have recently been making attempts to explain official Yerevan`s policy by using a strange logic. This mainly manifests itself in exaggeration of Azerbaijan-related issues. On the one hand, they spread false information on the Azerbaijani army`s retaliation against the Armenian provocations, and on the other, try to accuse the Kremlin of selling arms to Baku. Failing to put forward any convincing argument, Armenia, as usual, resorts to slander. It is obvious that the Azerbaijani military is several times stronger than the Armenian armed forces. Azerbaijan retaliates strongly against each provocation of the Armenians. At the same time, Azerbaijan is continuously increasing its defense capabilities. Baku also continues to purchase weapons from Moscow. The leaders of Azerbaijan and Russia maintain regular contacts, discussing and searching for ways to address regional and global geopolitical problems. This irritates official Yerevan. But it is impossible to hide the reality – the social, political, economic, spiritual and moral crisis is deepening in Armenia.

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Conflit au Karabagh, où l'urgence de rendre à Bakou ce qui appartient à Bakou
13 October 2017 Mediapart

Conflit au Karabagh, où l'urgence de rendre à Bakou ce qui appartient à Bakou

Je reviens du Karabagh. S'il y avait bien un lieu au monde où je n'aurais jamais pensé aller, c'est bien dans ce Caucase incertain et méconnu.

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An 'unfrozen' conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh
26 August 2016 The Washington Times

An 'unfrozen' conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

Without clarity by the West, another war in the Caucasus is inevitable

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