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Eldar Mamedov

As Islamic Games Open, Azerbaijan Wrestles With Muslim Identity

With an opening ceremony rich in pageantry, Azerbaijan welcomed athletes and tourists...

Azerbaijan: Officials Are Wrong to Securitize the Shias

Roughly 300 kilometers south of Baku, Azerbaijan’s booming capital with its glitzy...

Azerbaijan: Dubbing Critics as “Islamic Extremists”

Authorities in Azerbaijan are trying to erase the line between legitimate dissent...

Azerbaijan: Marching in Lockstep with Turkey in Cracking Down on Gulen

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responds to the failed coup attempt...

Why Brexit is Bad for Azerbaijan

The Brexit crisis could create geopolitical headaches for Azerbaijan at a time...

Azerbaijan: Is Taleh Bagir-zade Baku’s Sheikh Al-Nimr?

The Muslim world continues to reverberate from the shock created by Saudi...

Azerbaijan: More Trouble in Nardaran

Azerbaijan on January 11 carried out a fresh clampdown on the religiously...

Azerbaijan: Examining the Source of Discontent in Nardaran

Interior Ministry troops in Azerbaijan are continuing to maintain tight control over...

Turkish-Russian Tension Creates Quandary for Azerbaijan

Rising Turkish-Russian tension is putting Azerbaijan in a bind. At a time...

Whither Azerbaijan’s Islamists?

The overall atmosphere in Azerbaijan is grim when it comes to freedom...

Azerbaijan: Iran Nuke Deal Would Be a Mixed Bag for Baku

A lot still has to happen before a deal to monitor Iran’s...

Azerbaijan and the EU: Bogged Down in Acrimony

Relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan are taking a nose-dive, highlighting...

Azerbaijan: Time to Address the Potential Salafi Danger

Earlier in October, Azerbaijani news media reported the death of a professional...

Iraq´s unravelling and Azerbaijan

The unraveling of Iraq may have some interesting, even alarming implications for...

Azerbaijan: Pursuing a Thaw with Iran?

The recent announcement that Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan will visit Baku...

Azerbaijan´s Illiberal Opposition

A common assumption among Western observers is that political opponents of authoritarian...

Azerbaijan and the West´s Rapprochement with Iran

The brewing rapprochement between the United States and Iran, signified by the...

Azerbaijan: When It Comes to Dissent, the US and EU Shouldn’t Play Favorites

In mid-November, an Azerbaijani court sentenced Rashad Ramazanov, an Islamist blogger, to...

Azerbaijan: Fake Secularism and the Political Future

A topic that has not received the attention it deserves during Azerbaijan’s...

EU and Azerbaijan: Setting the Record Straight

At a cabinet meeting in mid-July, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev lashed out...

Azerbaijan: Digesting the Lessons of Egypt

The military coup d'etat in Egypt is generating debate among democratization proponents...

Azerbaijan: A Double Standard Won’t Do for Baku

Kseniya Sobchak, a well-known Russian political activist and social butterfly, is an...

Azerbaijan: Baku Keeps Lid on Ethnic Minorities

A neatly refurbished school in the village of Dygyah near the town...

Azerbaijan: Baku-Tehran Tension Useful for Elites on Both Sides

There is a tendency to view the tense relationship between Azerbaijan and...

Azerbaijan: Sounding the Alarm on Religious Intolerance

President Ilham Aliyev’s administration likes to cast Azerbaijan as a bastion of...

Azerbaijan: Evaluating Baku’s Attitude toward the Gulen Movement

Amid a struggle to determine religion’s role in Azerbaijan, a controversial movement...

Azerbaijani Opposition Boycotts City Elections

Azerbaijan's opposition parties plan to boycott the country's December 17 municipal elections,...

The Opposition in Azerbaijan Struggles to Name Unified Presidential Candidate

Azerbaijan's political opposition could potentially mount a serious threat to the ruling...

President Aliyev Struggles To Juggle Azerbaijan’s Interests In Search of Karabakh Solution

President Heidar Aliyev is pressing for a lasting political settlement on Nagorno-Karabakh...