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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.

Pompeo in the Middle East: Some aspects of Washington`s strategic plans for the region

Pompeo in the Middle East: Some aspects of Washington`s strategic plans for the region
14 January 2019

Experts are analyzing geopolitical aspects of U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo`s visit to the Middle East countries. The issue gained topicality after Donald Trump`s decision to withdraw the U.S. troops from Syria. The assessments show that Washingtonhas in fact taken a serious political attitude. Its primary goal is to bring together several countries in the Middle East in a military bloc to exploit them in its own interests. It`s a very dangerous move and may cause new standoffs across the region. At the same time, there is a growing possibility that the U.S. will interfere with the situation in Middle East powers because one side of the issue relates to their security. In this context, geopolitical implications of Pompeo`s regional visit need to be analyzed.

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.

Baku meeting of generals: Azerbaijan as a strategic dialogue platform

Baku meeting of generals: Azerbaijan as a strategic dialogue platform
18 December 2018

Meetings between the high military leadership of NATO and Russia in Baku where they discuss global security issues are becoming a regular occasion. NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe Curtis Scaparrotti and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Valery Gerasimov came together in Baku again, which was met normally. The two generals discussed global military developments. Russia expressed concern over NATO`s deploying its military contingents near its borders. They also exchanged views over the military and political situation in Ukraine, the Balkans and the Middle East. Experts analyze political, geopolitical and military reasons behind the decision to hold the meeting in the capital of Azerbaijan. President Ilham Aliyev gave the best explanation. So we would like to give an insight into the geopolitical importance of the Baku meeting in the context of the President`s assessment.

"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.

Washington`s South Caucasus scenario: risky forecasts for 2019

Washington`s South Caucasus scenario: risky forecasts for 2019
29 November 2018

The U.S.-based Stratfor`s recent assessment of key developments in 2019 has raised concerns. According to its forecasts, the standoff between the U.S., Iran and Russia in the South Caucasus is going to increase next year, affecting Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. But Washington has different approaches to each of these states. Stratfor forecasts that the U.S. will try to exploit Armenia and Georgia against Russia, while Azerbaijan will attract its attention for pressuring Iran. Washington will offer weapons sales to Armenia and also increase security support and conduct more military exercises with Georgia. As regards Azerbaijan, the U.S. may offer it decrease its economic and energy ties with Iran. All this is likely to increase geopolitical risks in the region. In this article, we will elaborate on Stratfor`s assessments of key geopolitical developments in the South Caucasus in 2019.

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.

Three problems facing EU: risks are growing

Three problems facing EU: risks are growing
14 November 2018

Given its potential and role in global geopolitical processes, the European Union is considered a superpower. Some members of the organizations are the world`s most developed countries. Four of the G7 states are members of the European Union. Experts are very sensitive to political, ideological and geoeconomic issues relating to the EU. Expert analyses on the problems facing the organization and its future have recently grown. Will the EU be able to tackle the problems? How is the organization reacting to internal and external difficulties? To answer these questions,we need to clarify some controversial features of this organization.

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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