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Outlook for Eastern Partnership: view from the inside


The anniversary year of the Eastern Partnership is a time not only to take stock of the success of European Union policy, but also to look into the future. The expectations from the cooperation and ambitions of the six participating countries vary widely: from carefully maintaining a distance in political matters to full integration into […]

Azerbaijan: Brutal use of force against peaceful protesters


October was a critical month in Azerbaijan in terms of domestic policy. In late October, two rallies were held against the lack of democracy and violence against women. These protests were followed by personnel and structural changes in the government.

Azerbaijan: Focusing on economy


In September, the domestic policy of Azerbaijan remained stable. Country’s economy was rated as Top-20 Improvers in Doing Business Ranking of the World Bank. The country is strengthening its economic ties with Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Azerbaijan: Human rights never a priority


(Українська) Азербайджан был активен на международной арене этим летом. Делегация Азербайджана посетила Первый Каспийский экономический форум, а Иран и Азербайджан приняли решение создать совместную промышленную зону для укрепления торговли между двумя странами. На внутренней повестке Азербайджана доминировали новые обвинения в уклонении от налогов против известной журналистки Хадиджи Исмаиловой

Armenia: Crisis within the government


Armenian domestic agenda in May was overwhelmed by the judiciary reform developments. EU promises of support dominated in the economy. Meanwhile, foreign policy focused on the peace process with Nagorno Karabakh.

Azerbaijan: Tensions with Georgia over the borderline


In May, Azerbaijani Minister of Agriculture paid an official visit to France and met with his French counterpart to discuss agricultural issues. Foreign policy agenda of the country was dominated by a border dispute with Georgia.

Azerbaijan: Domestic calm, international activity


In April the foreign policy agenda of Azerbaijan was dominated by the first formal meeting between Aliyev and Pashinyan in Vienna. In spite of happening in a positive and constructive environment, this meeting is considered inconclusive with no tangible results.

Azerbaijan: Political prisoners released in mass pardon


In March, to the great surprise of Azerbaijani people and the international community, 400 people including 51 political prisoners were released. The economy agenda of the country was dominated by the meeting of Azerbaijan and Russian ministers over gas issues.

Azerbaijan: Inflation rate on the rise


(Українська) В феврале правительство Азербайджана приняло решение увеличить размеры минимальных зарплат и пенсий. Однако данное решение вместе с изменениями в Налоговом кодексе и ростом акцизного сбора на импортные товары привело к росту уровня инфляции. 14 февраля в стране ввели упрощенную электронную систему сельского хозяйства.

Azerbaijan: Diplomatic optimism over Karabakh


In January, the Central Bank of Azerbaijan revealed its ultimate goals for 2019 and clarified what  was achieved in the previous year. The foreign policy agenda of the country was dominated by the unofficial meeting of President Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan.

Investors leave Azerbaijan


In December, President Ilham Aliyev approved the state budget for 2019. Although revenues increased by 3.5% compared to 2018, the state budget deficit is expected to widen

Munich in Minsk: Stating the big regional problem


Minsk hosted the Munich Security Conference Core Group meeting from October 30 till November 1. This choice of location is itself a bad omen for Eastern Europe.

Azerbaijan: Military сooperation with Belarus


In November, foreign policy agenda was dominated by President Aliyev’s visit to Belarus and the memorandum signed between Belarus and Azerbaijan on purchasing military equipment and improving military-technical cooperation.

Azerbaijan invests big in Turkey


Azerbaijan’s domestic agenda was dominated by the Sixth International Humanitarian Forum, which drew 581 representatives from 86 countries and 24 international organizations to Baku in late October.

Caspian Sea status. The Long-awaited Convention


On August 12, after years of discussion, the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea was finally signed in Aktau, Kazakhstan.

Azerbaijan getting closer to Russia?


The Constitutional Court verdict regarding the dollar-denominated loans, taken out before the devaluation of manat, has driven the borrowers into despair. Meanwhile, the country’s foreign policy was dominated by reciprocal visits of Azerbaijani and Russian leaders.

Azerbaijan: Demonstrative release of activist


Releasing Mammadov before Merkel’s visit the government was trying to prevent possible criticisms about political prisoners

Azerbaijan: Ganja mayor assassinated


During the demonstrations, two high-ranking police officers were stabbed to death, 40 demonstrators detained

Azerbaijan: Calm struggle


In 2018, the main challenge for Azerbaijan is maintaining recovery momentum and reinforcing economy’s resistance to external shocks

Azerbaijan: Adjusting state budget to oil prices


Negotiations on the base agreement between EU and Azerbaijan are still underway

Azerbaijan: Human rights in the spotlight


European parliament is calling for an investigation into the case of alleged corrupt relations between Azerbaijani and Council of Europe officials

Azerbaijan: Activists released under international pressure


The increased development of relations with the EU have played an important role in the release of the jailed activists

Azerbaijan: Political changes to come?


Last standing independent media outlet Turan is closed in Azerbaijan after the arrest of its editor Mehman Aliyev

Stronger energy security platform for EaP region


Energy ties became the decisive factors for the post-Soviet countries in their decision to take a path either to Moscow or towards the Western, liberal democracies

Azerbaijan: New challenges of oil prices instability


The Azerbaijani domestic agenda in May was yet again overshadowed by the escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Azerbaijan: New low in relations with Russia


Azerbaijan drops out of negotiations on buying a share of Greek national gas transmission system operator DESFA

Azerbaijan: Economy decline and Russian military support


Russia delivered a new batch of modern weapons and military equipment to Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan: Fight for banking sector


The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Board votes for the suspension of Azerbaijan’s membership

Azerbaijan: On the way to economic recovery?


In February Azerbaijan experienced the first signs of economic recovery: following oil prices, national currency rate went up. Meanwhile, new appointments and structural changes promise the intensification of reforms

Azerbaijan: Tensions in relations with Armenia


The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh dominated the public agenda again

Azerbaijan: Belt-Tightening and Balancing Foreign Policy


Human rights issues created complications for the relations between Western Countries and Azerbaijan