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National interests in foreign policy: Azerbaijani President`s message to the world

National interests in foreign policy: Azerbaijani President`s message to the world
20 February 2019

Pursuing an independent policy is not an easy task nowadays. The world is now witnessing controversial geopolitical processes. Superpowers do not refrain from using force in order to ensure their interests. What is important under these circumstances is on which principles young independent states build their foreign policies. What is the cornerstone of Azerbaijan`s foreign policy? Is it possible to remain committed to this principle nowadays? In his interview with Real television channel, President Ilham Aliyev gave a detailed response to these questions.

Geopolitical architecture of the South Caucasus: leader Azerbaijan and isolated Armenia

Geopolitical architecture of the South Caucasus: leader Azerbaijan and isolated Armenia
05 February 2019

There have recently been numerous media reports in Armenia criticizing the government of Nikol Pashinyan. Experts openly point out official Yerevan`s incompetent foreign policy and prime minister Pashinyan`s insincere attitude towards his own people. Media reports specifically raise concerns over the Armenian society`s unawareness of the state of negotiations on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. People wonder why the government is concealing the details of the talks. And what is most ridiculous about this story is that Pashinyan, who grabbed power after spending the last decade in street politics, is now hiding the truth from the people. Obviously, Pashinyan and his team are unable to be sincere with the Armenian society. But why? In this article we`ll try to find an answer to this question.

Davos Forum: Azerbaijan`s active participation and meetings held

Davos Forum: Azerbaijan`s active participation and meetings held
29 January 2019

World Economic Forum, which gathers numerous delegates from many countries in Davos, has always enjoyed great interest. The 49th Forum was attended by more than 3,000 representatives from 110 countries.This year`s forum was held under the slogan "4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution". President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev participated in the event where he received a great deal of interest. Company executives, heads of state and government met with Ilham Aliyev to discuss the issues of mutual interest. There has been great interest in discussions held as part of the Forum. In this context, geopolitical analysis of President Ilham Aliyev`s meetings in Davos holds particular importance.

Preparing for peace: Is Armenia ready?

Preparing for peace: Is Armenia ready?
25 January 2019

The outcomes of the talks between the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers in Paris have received widespread media attention recently. Politicians, representatives of international organizations, experts and analysts are assessing the Paris meeting. What attracts their attention is that the ministers gave a hint of the idea of preparing societies for peace. It was confirmed by Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement. But the Armenian media reports distort the reality. They try to describe the idea of "preparation for peace" in their own interest. And the issue will be the focus of this article.

New balance of power in the Middle East: Behind-the-scenes points of the U.S.` pullout from Syria

New balance of power in the Middle East: Behind-the-scenes points of the U.S.` pullout from Syria
09 January 2019

Unexpected decisions are common to politics. This time the world has been surprised by Donald Trump who revealed the United States` plans to withdraw troops from Syria. The process has neither started nor ended. But experts are forecasting geopolitical consequences of this decision. Their analysis shows that the geopolitical situation in the region is quite complex. Superpowers do not show their cards. They are maneuvering to learn each other`s stance. Ongoing processes may change the geopolitical situation in the Middle East. Experts wonder about the consequences. Which forces will have their influence grow? What might Washington`s reaction be? In this article we will try to find answers to these questions.

European Parliament`s annual report: Azerbaijan strengthening its standing

European Parliament`s annual report: Azerbaijan strengthening its standing
19 December 2018

There has been a tendency for international organizations to take a fair attitude towards Azerbaijanin the last few years. This has manifested itself in their documents and resolutions. The European Union is adopting more and more documents recognizing Azerbaijani realities. One of them was adopted on December 12. The European Parliament`s annual report on the implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy expressed support for the EU partners' sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. This means that the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can only be solved within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and in compliance with norms and principles of international law. It is extremely important. The report also outlines the EU`s vision for global developments, which allows to look at the issue from a geopolitical perspective. In this context, we will analyze some points featured in the European Parliament report.

"Turkish march" in the Middle East: third operation set to start

"Turkish march" in the Middle East: third operation set to start
14 December 2018

Turkey has grabbed the global media spotlight as Ankara said it will launch a new military operation in Syria. The announcement came from the President of Turkey, which confirms its authenticity. The Turkish leader is known as a political leaderwho keeps his word. On the other hand, this kind of unverified news would have never been reported. The announcement therefore provoked serious reaction from the West and Russia. Washington immediately protested. Moscow seemingly better understands Ankara`s right to ensure its security. Experts try to predict what the geopolitical consequences will be if the scenario develops further. In this article we will try to analyze these issues.

Ashgabat agreements: Azerbaijan opens new horizons for cooperation

Ashgabat agreements: Azerbaijan opens new horizons for cooperation
30 November 2018

The Azerbaijani President`s visit to the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on November 21-22 is still in the spotlight. There were certain problems in the two countries` relationship several years ago. But now the whole world witnesses that all the problems were solved. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev played a crucial role in this. With his patience, rational and far-sighted policy, the Azerbaijani leader prevented the problem from deteriorating into a standoff. The two brotherly countries are already working on programs for deepening and expanding their strategic relations. It was witnessed by a number of agreements signed in the capital of Turkmenistan. In this article, we will highlight geopolitical and economic aspects of President Ilham Aliyev`s visit and their relation to communications and transport sector.

Azerbaijan`s new cooperation initiatives: Three historic features of President`s Belarus visit

Azerbaijan`s new cooperation initiatives: Three historic features of President`s Belarus visit
26 November 2018

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev`s fifth visit to Belarus has grabbed experts` attention. The Belarus President said they were looking forward to the Azerbaijani leader`s visit. The two presidents discussed a range of very important issues and signed a number of agreements covering different areas. Ilham Aliyev and Alexander Lukashenko signed a joint statement. Experts are considering Azerbaijan-Belarus relations in regional and global contexts. They say Baku and Minsk have reiterated that they are frank strategic partners. This tendency is believed to strengthen. This side of the issue relates to several geopolitical factors. The analysis of these interconnected factors reveals three historic features of the Azerbaijani President`s visit to Belarus.

Anti-Iran sanctions and PKK: Washington playing two cards

Anti-Iran sanctions and PKK: Washington playing two cards
12 November 2018

Two decisions announced by the United States in November have grabbed the global spotlight. Experts admit that although these two events cover different areas, they are interconnected. It is Washington`s decision to re-impose anti-Iranian sanctions and pledge a total of 15 million US dollars for information which could lead to the arrest of three PKK leaders. If we look at the ongoing developments in the Middle East and nearby geopolitical regions from one perspective, we can conclude that very dangerous scenarios may lie behind these two events. If anti-Iranian sanctions encourage tragedy, poverty and disorder in a broader geography, the creation of a new terrorist organization to replace PKK may bring about new tragedies. The United States` efforts to officially rehabilitate another terrorist organization serve this goal. In this article, we will try to analyze possible consequences of these developments.

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