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Liberman's visit signals strengthening relations between Israel and Azerbaijan

Liberman's visit signals strengthening relations between Israel and Azerbaijan
18 September 2018

A delegation led by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman arrived for an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan on September 13. In the capital, Baku, Lieberman held meetings with the military and political leadership of this largest south Caucasus country. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received the delegation, hailing the enhancement of relations in economic, military, cultural, and tourism fields was hailed at the meeting. The sides expressed their hope that the visit would contribute to expansion of bilateral cooperation.

America Last: Coming to terms with the new world order

America Last: Coming to terms with the new world order
07 September 2018

The last quarter of the 20th century was the heyday of political globalisation. The defeat of communism marked a clear victory for the West and the neoliberal order. According to literature that emerged around this time, the North-centred world order was expected to continue operating smoothly on the platform constructed by the political and economic institutions established after World War II. Approaches and theories that criticised this notion relied on the thesis that "order" could only suffer an existential threat via external influences.

Inauguration of TANAP: Geopolitical Significance of "Energy Silk Road"

Inauguration of TANAP: Geopolitical Significance of "Energy Silk Road"
14 June 2018

As an independent nation, Azerbaijan has initiated a number of international projects. TANAP is the one that stands out because prior to that project all eyes were on a project called "NABUCCO". However, it was eventually scrapped, with the Western countries to be blamed for its failure to materialize. Consequently, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, together with Turkey, launched discussions on a new project. Leadership of two brotherly nations decided to move forward with a new project called TANAP. Indeed, they were some that attempted to question its feasibility and undermine the confidence in the project. However, the political will of the leaders of Azerbaijan and Turkey prevented the project from stalling and ultimately, the inauguration of TANAP had taken place in Eskishehir, Turkey on 12 June. The geopolitical and historic importance of that event deserves great attention.

Emmanuel Macron: The Trump Whisperer?

Emmanuel Macron: The Trump Whisperer?
20 April 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a television interview on April 15 that he convinced US President Donald J. Trump not to withdraw troops from Syria. "Ten days ago, President Trump was saying 'the United States should withdraw from Syria.' We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term," Macron said in the TV interview. Macron said that he had also persuaded Trump "that we needed to limit the strikes to chemical weapons [sites], after things got a little carried away over tweets." He has since tried to walk back those comments.

Azerbaijan within the Context of the Silk Road

Azerbaijan within the Context of the Silk Road
12 April 2018

Azerbaijan is geographically located on East-West and North-South transportation corridors and its territories were used historically by Silk Road caravans. Therefore, revival of the Silk Road related initiatives would not leave Azerbaijan outside the plans and, on the contrary, would attempt to use the country's transit potential and natural resources as a driver on their way of development from Asia to Europe and back. It is obvious that Azerbaijan is also keen to transform these opportunities into benefits and share them with its neighbours.

Armenia Is An Isolated Backwater Dump Because It Hitched Its Wagon To Moscow

Armenia Is An Isolated Backwater Dump Because It Hitched Its Wagon To Moscow
09 April 2018

Recently, the precarious position of Armenia in its own region and on the global stage came to a fore when a prominent Armenian politician revealed the stark truth about Armenia's economic weakness, compared with the strength of adversary, Azerbaijan. The U.S., its policymakers and, in particular, Congress should take notice.

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.

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.

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.

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Trade war set to be the United States' next foreign policy quagmire
24 September 2018 The Hill

Trade war set to be the United States' next foreign policy quagmire

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Russian military 'drills' point to imminent final clash in Syria
30 August 2018 The Washington Times

Russian military 'drills' point to imminent final clash in Syria

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