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Tag: South Caucasus

Tbilisi as a venue for Azerbaijani-Armenian negotiations?

Georgia has maintained a policy of neutrality for many years when it comes to the Karabakh conflict. Having acted as a mediator on certain occasions in the past, Tbilisi could now host talks that provide a proper solution to its neighbours’ ongoing dispute.

December 4, 2023 - Nicholas Chkhaidze

Leading a rethink of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is no longer seen as attractive today as it was ten years ago. However, some key differences in approaches to China are emerging throughout Europe. This is evident when analysing German engagement towards China, versus that of Southeast Europe.

It has been ten years since the inauguration of China’s flagship foreign economic policy – the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Chinese President Xi Jinping has labelled the BRI as the “project of the century.” Many of the more than 140 participating countries have ample reason to take stock of the benefits and drawbacks of their cooperation with, and integration into, this geopolitical and geo-economic project.

November 20, 2023 - Jens Bastian

Nakhchivan, an Azerbaijani exclave that could cause new problems for Armenia

While reporting from the South Caucasus has recently focused on Azerbaijan’s victory in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, it is important to recognise the renewed importance of the Nakhchivan region. This autonomous republic is quickly becoming a key part of regional politics.

November 8, 2023 - Cristian Bolotnicov Laurențiu Pleșca

Nagorno-Karabakh seen from Yerevan

Interview with Armenian journalist Arshaluys Mghdesyan. Interviewer: Martina Napolitano

October 20, 2023 - Arshaluys Mghdesyan Martina Napolitano

The international community must act to bury Azerbaijan’s hatchet

The mass exodus of Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh looks set to mark the end of three decades of fighting with Azerbaijan over the disputed territory. Nevertheless, Armenia needs real backing from the world’s democracies if it is to resist continued pressure from Baku.

October 16, 2023 - Valentina Gevorgyan

In the shadow of impeachment

As Georgia is racing against the clock to fulfil the European Union’s 12 recommendations to secure candidacy status by December, President Salome Zourabichvili embarked on an international tour to promote Georgia’s European aspirations and gain support from international partners. This decision has been met with an unexpected response from the Georgian government.

October 5, 2023 - Giorgi Beroshvili

A modern-day ethnic cleansing: Karabakh Armenians flee as Azerbaijan takes over

The past week marked the worst period for Nagorno-Karabakh, bringing a tragic end to the 30 years of existence of the breakaway state that proclaimed independence in 1991. While not recognised by any other country, Nagorno-Karabakh was backed by Armenia until the government under Nikol Pashinyan recognised it as a part of Azerbaijan after the 2020 war, paving the way for Baku to proceed with its coercive policy of “integration”.

September 29, 2023 - Ani Avetisyan

Military operation in Karabakh: the final battle?

Azerbaijan refers to the 24-hour blitzkrieg as a triumph, which was done quickly and professionally. Having already become crippled and dysfunctional after the 2020 war, the “Nagorno-Karabakh Republic”, which had lost land connection with its long-term patron, Armenia, realised that it had no chance to resist the Azerbaijani advancement and accepted all of Baku’s conditions of surrender.

September 29, 2023 - Mahammad Mammadov Rusif Huseynov Samir Hajizada

Azerbaijan tightens blockade as Armenia calls for assistance

The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh still remains uncertain three years after the 2020 war. While Azerbaijan has enforced a blockade of the disputed territory, Armenia increasingly fears a renewed conflict. The international community must now act to bring both sides back to the negotiating table.

August 30, 2023 - Mark Temnycky

In the beginning was the violence

Azerbaijan’s victory in the 2020 war over Nagorno-Karabakh has not led to any long-term solution to the dispute. This is in part due to the official narratives of Baku, which continue to promote the idea of a total victory on its terms alone.

August 9, 2023 - Bahruz Samadov

Uncertainty lies ahead for Georgia

Georgia’s government is once again moving further away from European norms. While the majority of the population desires closer links with the West, Tbilisi continues to only think of itself. This divide could have consequences for next year’s parliamentary elections.

June 5, 2023 - Mark Temnycky

Armenia: Russia’s backdoor to circumvent sanctions

Russia’s economy continues to suffer following new western sanctions imposed after its invasion of Ukraine last year. Despite this, some regional states like Armenia are now acting as middlemen in attempts to bypass these new restrictions.

May 26, 2023 - Aleksandar Srbinovski

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