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Interaction with Turkish Air Forces Boosts Azerbaijan’s Air-Combat Capability

df1a67964f48dd102b7cc05bc8204badThe 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 1429). Continue reading


Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister Visits Israel, as Bilateral Ties Grow Stronger

15497cb9adba5e0ee5cfd8d46bdfc340Azerbaijani 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 111314). Continue reading

Armenia’s Doubts on Russia Ties Prompt Pro-EU Maneuvering

Serzh-Sargsyan-785x487.jpgOn 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

Four-Day Karabakh War Highlights Threats to Energy Security on NATO’s Southeastern Flank

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

Importance of NATO’s Engagement in Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection in the South Caucasus

22612Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, independent Azerbaijan and Georgia launched their new national energy policies. This enabled them to bring Western investment and technologies into their energy sectors, which led to the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Supsa and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipelines. These pipelines empowered Azerbaijan and Georgia as politically and eco- nomically independent actors in regard to the transportation and supply of Caspian’s energy resources to the West. Continue reading

Russian-EU Energy Relations: from Cooperation toward Contradictions

flag-eu-russiaFollowing World War II, it was necessary to take new economic steps in order to overcome political problems among European countries. Establishment of the European Steel and Coal Community, the European Atomic Energy Community and the European Economic Community formed the/an/new European energy policy. Continue reading

NATO`nun Şikago Zirvesinden sonra Güney Kafkasya Ülkelerinin Beklentileri ve Gerçekler

2012 Mayıs ayının 20-21`de ABD`nin Şikago eyaletinde NATO`nun yeni Zirvesi düzenlendi. Üç Güney Kafkasya ülkesi olan Azerbaycan, Gürcistan ve Ermenistan devletleri de Şikago Zirvesine davet edilmişti. Azerbaycan Cumhurbaşkanı İlham Aliyev ve Gürcistan Cumhurbaşkanı Mihail Saakaşvili Zirveye katılsalar da, Ermenistan Cumhurbaşkanı Serj Sarkisyan katılmadı ve kendi yerine Ermenistan Dışişleri Bakanı Edvard Nalbandyanı gönderdi. NATO`nun Şikago Zirvesinin nihai belgeleri Güney Kafkasya ülkelerinin dış politikaları için büyük öneme sahiptir. Zirvenin sonuç bildirgesinde, Güney Kafkasyadakı yaşanan çatışmalar, G.Kafkasya ülkelerinin toprak bütünlüyü, bağımsızlığı ve egemenliğinin desteklenmesine ilişkin maddeler yer almıştır. Continue reading

Missile Defense System Puzzle in the Shadow of Russian-USA-NATO Relationship

In 1999 and 2001, the National Intelligence Council stated that Iran could develop an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the United States by 2015. In recent years, U.S. government agencies have affirmed those estimates, arguing that “Iran could have long-range missiles capable of reaching to U.S. and Europe before 2015” and proposed U.S. missile defense assets in Europe to defend the U.S. and Europe against long-range ballistic missile threats emanating from the Middle East.” Continue reading

Nuclear Security Challenges in the Changing World: How to deal with it?

Nuclear warheads and weapons are not something like AKS-74 or Makarov. The scope of destruction of nuclear weapon cannot be easily prevented and ruins of destruction cannot be easily restored. Given the current intends of some Middle East countries on obtaining of nuclear weapon Middle East urgently needs international observation and involvement, including military engagement in the case of emergency. Continue reading

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