Azerbaijan

PONARS Eurasia 17 May 2018
(APA) The Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was widely discussed at a session, titled “Security Issues in the South Caucasus”, which was held as part of the 5th South Caucasus Security Forum in Tbilisi on May 16, APA’s Georgia bureau reports. International Crisis Group's Europe and Central Asia Program Director Magdalena Grono said the conflict is a serious threat, noting that diplomatic talks as well as other negotiation...
PONARS Eurasia 04 Apr 2018
(Eurasianet) Armenia and Azerbaijan compete to attract Iranian cargo – Iran has been a fairly marginal player in the South Caucasus, but both Armenia and Azerbaijan are competing to draw it into the region.  Last year, Georgia and Russia signed an agreement to re-open those roads as “trade corridors” – with cargo monitored by a third party, the Swiss SGS company – after years of negotiations between Tbilisi and...
Policy Memos | Аналитика
Farid Guliyev 28 Mar 2018
(PONARS Policy Memo) In oil-rich Azerbaijan, contrary to many other countries, education does not seem to influence social capital, ceteris paribus. Here, citizens with higher levels of education are not more likely than their less educated peers to trust others or engage in community activities such as volunteering or donating to a charity. The dramatic decline in educational quality over the past two decades has contributed a great deal to civic...
Policy Memos | Аналитика
Theodore Gerber 02 Feb 2018
(PONARS Policy Memo) If home is where the heart is, does that mean homeowners are more likely to engage in civic and political activism? Recent events in Moscow suggest the answer is yes. In May and June 2017, tens of thousands of Muscovites took to the streets to protest against plans to demolish Soviet-era housing, even though the quality of the housing is generally recognized to be poor and residents are being offered compensation. Demonstrations...
Anar Valiyev 05 Sep 2017
(Communist and Post-Communist Studies) This study examines the trust in political institutions in Azerbaijan using the data from the survey Caucasus Barometer (CB) conducted by the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC) in 2012–2013. Two hypotheses – cultural and institutional – were tested. The study partially confirms the previous findings that national culture, as well as individual socialization (macro and micro-cultural...
PONARS Eurasia 06 Jun 2017
(Panorama.am) The arrest of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli fully fits into the logic of Azerbaijan’s authorities to silence any criticism against the regime, Sergey Minasyan, political analyst, Deputy Head of Yerevan-based Caucasus Institute, said in an interview with Panorama.am. “This comes as a part of similar actions which are in fact based on Aliyev’s obsession with clinging onto power at any costs. People, who express anti...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Jun 2017
(Eurasianet) Georgia’s international standing has long benefited from being sandwiched between authoritarian countries, thus making it look good on the regional freedom charts. But its eagerness to stay on good terms with authoritarian-minded neighbors like Azerbaijan and Turkey appears to be having a negative impact on Tbilisi’s rights record. In its increasingly aggressive campaign against critical journalists, the Azerbaijani government...
PONARS Eurasia 01 Jun 2017
(USC Institute of Armenian Studies) One of Russia’s leading Caucasus experts, associate professor at the Russian State University for Humanities and an expert at the Russian Council for International Affairs, Sergey Markednov (SM) discussed Russian policies with the Focus on Karabakh editor Emil Sanamyan (ES). ES: In many respects, the year 2008 became a watershed moment for the Russian policies in the Caucasus, how...

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