Posts by Anar Valiyev

Anar Valiyev 11-06-2020
(PONARS Eurasia Commentary) From the beginning of the escalation of the conflict in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, some accusations were aired in several European and Russian mainstream media about the involvement of Middle Eastern militants and mercenaries in the fighting. Some of the articles accused Azerbaijan and Turkey of involving Syrian militant groups in Karabakh. Other stories claimed that Yerevan had drawn in Lebanese-Armenian militants and...
Anar Valiyev 05-05-2020
(International Politics) Abstract: Driven by an increased interest in enhancing connectivity, great powers are in the competition to implement their transportation projects. Meanwhile, small states located in the crossroad of the transportation routes are offered with benefits while facing several challenges. In this regard, the current article studies three major transportation initiatives in the South Caucasus region from both political and economic...
Anar Valiyev 12-18-2019
(NYU Jordan Center) In 2009, Azerbaijan and five other former Soviet republics signed Eastern Partnership initiative with the European Union. This agreement marked the beginning of a new era of cooperation between these countries and the Union. Even as each member state has pursued its own interests within this cooperation, the Kremlin has carefully and jealously watched from the sidelines. Moscow’s policy throughout this period was to prevent countries...
Anar Valiyev 09-19-2019
(Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung) 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Eastern Partnership initiative with six former Soviet Republics – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The direction of development for Armenia and Belarus is clear: in these countries, the political establishment chose to align with the Eurasia Economic Union, as well as the Collective Security Treaty Organization, despite close cooperation with the EU...
Anar Valiyev 02-21-2019
(Southeast European and Black Sea Studies) (Co-authored by Narmina Mamishova) Abstrasct: Discussions of post-Soviet countries’ policies towards Russia have been largely dominated by two mainstream neorealist approaches on states’ alignment choices – balancing and bandwagoning. While the first pattern entails allying against the primary source of threat, the second one opts for allying with the source of principal danger. By means of a case study, this...
Anar Valiyev 09-05-2017
(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 theories) are the main...
Anar Valiyev 03-23-2017
(CPC) China has historically had few vital interests in the South Caucasus. Distance, along with the region’s unpredictable political and economic conditions, precluded China’s involvement in the region. In comparison with Central Asia, South Caucasus markets were marginal, population were low and investment opportunities challenging. Beijing was involved in only a few oil projects in Azerbaijan, mostly for representation rather than economic benefits....
Anar Valiyev 08-26-2015
Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads of major Eurasian land and air transportation corridors. Since gaining independence, the Azerbaijani government has actively tried to make the country a bridge between Europe and Asia. Over the last decade, it has invested billions of dollars into commercial infrastructure and transportation projects. It is finalizing construction of the largest port in the Caspian Sea (in Alyat, 60 kilometers south of Baku), it has...
Anar Valiyev 10-03-2014
The crisis in Ukraine that began with the Euromaidan movement and flight of President Viktor Yanukovych put the Azerbaijani government in an uncomfortable position. For the last few years, Baku has been building good relations with Russia, hoping to persuade Moscow to stand on Azerbaijan’s side in resolving the Karabakh conflict. Massive arms purchases from Russia, a benevolent foreign policy toward Moscow, and Baku’s unwillingness to deepen relations...
Anar Valiyev 08-16-2013
Interpressnews talked to Anar Valiyev, Azerbaijanian analyst and international affairs expert, on expected results of the visit of Russia’s President to Baku. - Mister Valiyev, how would you evaluate the visit of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, to Azerbaijan? According to President Ilham Aliyev, “positions of the parties coincide with each other”, but while talking about the same issues, President Putin only expressed his...
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Dean, School of Public and International Affairs
ADA University, Baku