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Policy Memos | Аналитика
Scott Radnitz 23 Oct 2012
The South Caucasus has inherited deeply ingrained historical narratives of being a pawn in games of geopolitical intrigue, from the Persian-Russian wars of the early 19th century, to the region’s forcible incorporation into the Soviet Union in 1921, to the Russia-Georgia War of 2008. In today’s Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, issues of national identity, territorial control, and geopolitical alignment remain unresolved while contemporary...
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...
PONARS Eurasia 26 May 2017
(Eurasianet) For years, Georgia has been a safe harbor for dissidents seeking to escape persecution from authorities in neighboring Azerbaijan. But in recent months, a number of high-profile Azerbaijani opposition activists have been denied residency permits in Georgia, prompting accusations that Tbilisi is collaborating with Baku to make life more difficult for the Azerbaijani opposition. On April 19, an opposition rapper and journalist, Jamal Ali...
Policy Memos | Аналитика
Farid Guliyev 16 May 2017
(PONARS Policy Memo)The oil price shock that began in mid-2014 has continued to reverberate in Azerbaijan, sending the economy into deep recession and negative real GDP growth rate (-2.4 percent in 2016). Declining volumes of oil production, which peaked at 1 million barrels a day (b/d) in 2010, and impending depletion of petroleum reserves over the next 15-20 years, alerted the government of the need to boost the non-oil sectors of the economy. In a...
PONARS Eurasia 08 May 2017
(APA) A forceful solution to conflicts in the South Caucasus remains, Sergey Markedonov, a Russian political analyst and associate professor at State University for the Humanities based in Moscow (Russia), said in his lecture entitled “Transcaucasia: Are the conflicts over or still ahead?” at the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia. Markedonov said conflicts in the South Caucasus have been overshadowed in recent years,...

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