Azerbaijan at 25: A New Era of Change and Turbulence

By THOMAS DE WAAL (Senior Associate Carnegie Europe) Carnegie Europe   Azerbaijan is entering a new historical phase. The oil boom—which boosted the economy, consolidated the country’s statehood, and gave it a new international profile—has ended. The country’s leaders have more limited financial resources to offer a society...
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Nagorno-Karabakh: a time-bomb in the Caucasus?

Displaced Talish resident Garik Ohanyan shows Euronews reporter Valérie Gauriat his destroyed house. (Snapshot from the Euronews video report)
By VALÉRIE GAURIAT Euronews Last April, fighting between troops from the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Azerbaijan army rekindled a conflict that had been frozen for more than 20 years. On the Armenian side of the front line, many of the soldiers Euronews met were barely 20...
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Heaping on the caviar diplomacy

Bernie Ecclestone with President Aliyev and his wife. (photo: Getty)
By MATTHEW VALENCIA* 1843 magazine, The Economist How does an autocratic regime divert attention abroad from its human-rights record and discourage the opposition at home? In the case of Azerbaijan, as Matthew Valencia discovered, through lavish extravaganzas and high-end lobbying Some call it the Paris of the Caspian;...
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Turkey arrests 27 more businessmen in coup investigation

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during Democracy and Martyrs Rally, organized by him and supported by ruling AK Party (AKP), oppositions Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), to protest against last month's failed military coup attempt, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016.REUTERS/Osman Orsal ( A total of 27 businessmen were arrested on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into a failed coup attempt in July that the government accuses the faith-based Gülen movement of masterminding. Twenty-seven businessmen, including Faruk Güllü, one of the brothers who runs separate Güllüoğlu Baklava chains,...
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It’s time for the United States to act on Azerbaijan

WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 30: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (L) meets US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) prior to Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, United States on March 30, 2016. (Photo by Muhammed Bilal Kenasari/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
By DAVID J. KRAMER and RICHARD KAUZLARICH* The Washington Post Earlier this year, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan looked like he was softening his authoritarian grip on his country. In March, he released 14 political prisoners ahead of his visit to Washington for President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit....
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More than 11,000 teachers suspended over PKK links

Hurriyet Daily News More than 11,000 teachers have been suspended over suspected links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkey’s Education Ministry announced on Sept. 8. “A total of 11,285 personnel linked to the separatist terrorist organization have been suspended,” the ministry stated via Twitter. The teachers...
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Why Turkey’s Gulenist purge is going way too far

A picture taken on August 2, 2016 shows  a picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) on a billboard and a mask bearing a picture of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen set up on a dummy at the Kizilay Square in Ankara during a protest against the failed military coup, on August 2, 2016. 
Erdogan said on August 2, 2016 last month's attempted coup was a scenario drawn up from outside Turkey, in an allusion to possible foreign involvement in the plot. Erdogan, who blames the plot on the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, also described the coup as a "scenario written from outside" in an allusion to foreign involvement.  / AFP / ADEM ALTAN        (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)
By MUSTAFA AKYOL* Al Monitor Since July 15, when a military coup attempt shook the nation, Turkey has been going through major upheaval. With the state of emergency, the government assumed extraordinary powers, which led to the suspension or firing of more than 100,000 public servants and the...
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