The Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Forces conducted joint flight-tactical exercises in Azerbaijan, on September 18–30, with the involvement of combat/transport aircraft and helicopters. Such systematic joint exercises help foster greater interoperability and exchange of experience between the two air forces. Additionally, these drills improve the practical skills of pilots for joint coordination and execution of conventional combat operations (Mod.gov.az, September 14, 29). Continue reading
Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov paid a visit to Israel, on September 11, to discuss cooperation in the military and military-technical spheres with the host country’s leading defense industry enterprises. While there, he also toured the Command and Control Center (CCC) of the Israeli Armed Forces (Mod.gov.az, September 11, 13, 14). Continue reading
On May 23, the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey (AGT) held a trilateral meeting in Batumi, followed in June by the joint trilateral field training Caucasian Eagle 2017 of the three countries’ Special Operations Subdivisions in Georgia’s Vaziani base. Continue reading
On June 13–14, the European Union and Azerbaijan held another round of talks on the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). Those ongoing discussions were first inaugurated on February 6, with the official visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Brussels. Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) stated that both sides hope to finalize the draft agreement by the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit Continue reading
The International Crisis Group recently published a comprehensive report titled “Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering War Clouds”. One of the key messages of the report was the looming threats of large scale war in the South Caucasus because of this conflict. The report referred also to the growing militarization in South Caucasus Continue reading
On February 28, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan speaking at Carnegie Europe, a Brussels-based think-tank dubbed Armenian people ‘European‘ due their spiritual-cultural heritage and way of life, and stressed the importance of ‘shared values’ in the new EU-Armenia agreement. The speech came a day after the European Union and Armenia agreed on the “Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement” (CEPA) Continue reading
The Iran-Armenia-Georgia gas talks have recently gained momentum. Iranian and Georgian companies have signed gas purchase contracts, to supply natural gas to Georgia through Armenia. While the perspective of enhanced Iran-Armenia-Georgia gas cooperation is limited from political and technical viewpoints, Armenia is actively seeking to carve out a new role for itself in order to mitigate the repercussions of its long-running isolation Continue reading
President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan appointed Karen Karapetyan a new Prime Minister of Armenia on September 13, following the resignation of his predecessor Hovik Abrahamian due to his inability to tackle the country’s economic problems. Continue reading
The periodic escalation of violence in and around the separatist Azerbaijani territory of Karabakh routinely raises concerns about this conflict’s threat to regional energy security and pipeline infrastructure. However, few commentaries analyze this issue’s broader geopolitical implications in any detail. Continue reading
After the four-day intensive skirmishes in early April along the line of contact in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, Armenian politicians made the headlines with their bellicose rhetoric by declaring “the presence of the nuclear weapon in Armenia”. Continue reading
On April 5, 2016, Azerbaijan and Armenia declared a cease-fire after four days of intense fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh along the line of contact. However, during April 26–28, Armenian armed forces located in the occupied regions of Azerbaijan began shelling the civilian settlements in the villages of Aghdam, Agjabadi and Terter districts of Azerbaijan with heavy artillery, grenade launchers and large-caliber weapons. Continue reading
Regardless of suffering of occupation from very near neighbourhood in early independence, Azerbaijan, by virtue of its vast energy resources and addressing them rationally, managed to achieve quite rapid economic development. The country, regardless of geopolitical situation in the region, however, is still able to run its foreign policy in a balanced manner without sacrificing its neither national interests nor pragmatic relations with near and far neighbours. Continue reading
On August 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a one-day working visit to Azerbaijan. During visit, presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia discussed a wide range of bilateral issues (trade, energy and transportation), including the legal status of the Caspian Sea and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. It’s the first visit of Vladimir Putin to Azerbaijan after his third presidency.
Click for scanned original article at: Armenia as a Strategic Satellite of Russia in the South Caucasus
As one of the most landlocked countries in the world, Armenia lacks both natural resources and access to the sea. This has led to the country reinforcing its strategic alliance with Russia. Unless Armenia breaks from its dependence on Russia and makes a constructive step in the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, it will find itself becoming more isolated from its neighbours. Continue reading
The Glasnost and Perestroika policy of Michael Gorbachov played a crucial role in demolition of Eastern block and Berlin Wall and this policy resulted with the collapse of Soviet Union in December of 1991. The biggest heir of the USSR was Russia. Following the collapse of USSR, the main goal of Russia was to gain its lost reputation and global player role. His best assistants in the implementation of these goals were the Kremlin and Gazprom, including his vast amount of energy resources. [5, Beniamin & Cosmin, pg.44] Continue reading
Here is my tweet record summarized from ESISC report titled “The Armenian Job: The role of Armenian lobby in the pattern of enmity in South Caucasus”. You can reach original report at this LINK or can download PDF version of ESISC Report Continue reading
In 1994, after gaining independence, Azerbaijan put his first brilliant signature in his energy history following signing of the “Deal of Century” with western energy companies. This deal gave a birth to foundation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline project. BTC pipeline project starts from Azerbaijan (Baku), goes through Georgia (Tbilisi) to Turkey (Ceyhan port) and then transports the oil to the world energy markets. Continue reading
Chronology: Occupied territories of Azerbaijan by Armenians:
“The South Caucasus – it is the heartland of conflict and always candidate to the war, ethnic chaos and frozen-conflicts.” (c) South Caucasus witnessed numerous of wars and separation agreements (Turkmenchai, Gulustan etc.), including collapse of USSR.
Notwithstanding, South Caucasus region is always deemed by dozens of people as a common region of three independent countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) combining itself common culture and history, these three countries are not only different due to above mentioned factors, as well as due to their foreign policy courses in and around region. Continue reading
1. What is the main reason for Mountainous Karabakh still remains under occupation so far?
Unresolved conflicts in the former Soviet Union turned to the tragedy of nations after the collapse of USSR. Continue reading