Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran Accelerate Work on an Alternative to the Suez Canal

Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran Accelerate Work on an Alternative to the Suez Canal

In order to accelerate the development of the International North-South Transport Corridor (ITC), in particular its railway segment through the Western Chord, a Declaration was signed in Baku by Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran confirming the readiness of these countries to intensify cooperation in the assessment and analysis of infrastructure and transport capacities to fully exploit…

Pashinyan Has a Point About How Azerbaijan Sells Its Special Operation to Russia & the West

Pashinyan Has a Point About How Azerbaijan Sells Its Special Operation to Russia & the West

Azerbaijan’s dual messaging to Russia and the West might not just be driven by the short-term motivation of deterring criticism or the worst-case scenario of an intervention to stop its special operation, but by longer-term diplomatic goals. Is Baku Playing Both Sides? Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan shared some useful insight with parliament in response…

Analyzing Azerbaijan’s “Special Military Operation” Against Armenia

Analyzing Azerbaijan’s “Special Military Operation” Against Armenia

Azerbaijan’s undeclared special military operation against Armenia is the most destabilizing development to happen along Russia’s periphery since the latest US-provoked phase of the Ukrainian Conflict began in February. It could even ultimately prove to be a game changer in the worst way possible for Russian interests at the most sensitive time for its own…

A Tale of Two Gas Deals: Azerbaijan-EU & Russia-Iran

A Tale of Two Gas Deals: Azerbaijan-EU & Russia-Iran

Some observers have speculated that Baku is competing with Moscow, but this interpretation either ignores what President Aliyev told Russian media during his trip to Moscow the day before the start of his host’s ongoing special military operation in Ukraine, or those who share this view simply aren’t aware of it. Two major gas deals…

Nationalist Delusions Are Driving Instability in Armenia

Nationalist Delusions Are Driving Instability in Armenia

It’s nothing but a nationalist delusion to imagine that Karabakh won’t inevitably be comprehensively reincorporated back into the same country that the entire international community – including Armenia – agrees that it’s an integral part of. The South Caucasus country of Armenia was the scene of intense clashes between police and protesters on Friday that…

TANAP’s Increasingly Strategic Role Can Relieve Western Pressure On Azerbaijan & Turkey

TANAP’s Increasingly Strategic Role Can Relieve Western Pressure On Azerbaijan & Turkey

Continued financial, informational, and political destabilizations of those two states aren’t in the West’s interests anymore since that could impede the flow of resources to the bloc in the worst-case scenario that Azerbaijan and Turkey consider this option as an asymmetrical response to these unprovoked Hybrid Warfare campaigns against them. The Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline…