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Shahin Abbasov

Azerbaijan: Call for EU Sanctions Raises Activist-Hopes

The United States and European Union appear to be taking a stronger...

Azerbaijan Pursues Drones, New Security Options

Heightened tensions with longtime foe Armenia over breakaway Nagorno Karabakh and mediator...

Azerbaijan: Karabakh Flare-Up Seen as Kremlin Mischief

Highlighting the challenge of forging a lasting political settlement to the 26-year-long...

Azerbaijan: Human Rights Plummet to New Low

Azerbaijan in recent months has launched a clear assault against various civil-society...

Azerbaijan Keeps Mum about Bust on Georgia Heroin Highway

Even in the best of times, the Azerbaijani government is not a...

Azerbaijan: Baku Basks in Architectural Attention

Baku is gaining international recognition as a center of cutting-edge architectural design...

Azerbaijan Avoids Moscow’s Embrace

Russia is putting the moves on Azerbaijan, as the South Caucasus country’s...

Azerbaijan’s Plans for Nuclear Power Raise Concerns

At first glance, it doesn’t add up; why is Azerbaijan, a country...

Azerbaijan: Expectations Differ Over Baku’s Council of Europe Chairmanship

Amid growing concern about its treatment of government critics, Azerbaijan on May...

Azerbaijan: Sumgayit Becomes Font of Syria-Bound Jihadists

There are few outward signs to indicate the Azerbaijani city of Sumgayit,...

Will Journalist’s Arrest End Azerbaijani-Armenian Citizen Diplomacy?

The April 19 arrest of prominent Azerbaijani newspaper correspondent and political analyst...

Russia-Ukraine Crisis Spurring Azerbaijani-Turkmen Gas Export Partnership?

The Russia-Ukraine crisis is creating an opportunity for two feuding Caspian-Sea energy...

Azerbaijan: Adopting Softer Approach for European Olympics

The deadline is over a year away, but Azerbaijan is sprinting to...

Azerbaijan Divided Over Crimea’s Implications for Karabakh Peace

Warily watching Russia’s takeover of Crimea, Azerbaijani officials, politicians and analysts appear...

Azerbaijan May Benefit from the Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Energy-rich Azerbaijan could emerge as a winner in the international crisis over...

Azerbaijan at Sochi: It’s All About Being There

The informal Olympics creed of “Not to win, but to take part”...

Azerbaijan: Suicide Brings LGBT Community Out of the Closet

The suicide of a gay rights activist in Azerbaijan is prompting the...

Azerbaijan: Baku Wrestles With a Syria-Salafi Connection

As the Syrian civil war nears its third anniversary, Azerbaijanis fighting for...

Azerbaijan and Iran: Wrestling over Polo-like Game

Azerbaijan and Iran have tussled over weighty issues relating to religion and...

Azerbaijan: Emphasizing IDPs’ Right to Return over Right to Stay Put

Nearly 20 years after a ceasefire brought a halt to all-out warfare...

Azerbaijan: Moscow Murder Investigation Stokes Anti-Russian Sentiment

Public anger is building in Azerbaijan over Russia’s rough treatment of an...

Azerbaijan: Can the Opposition Keep it Together?

For Azerbaijan’s long-fragmented opposition, the setback in the recent presidential election could...

Baku and Washington Lock Horns in Post-Election Face-Off

The US embassy in Baku is finding itself in an awkward situation...

Azerbaijan: To Media Cries of "Bias," International Observers Criticize Presidential Vote

Azerbaijan's incumbent president, Ilham Aliyev, may have gained a land-slide reelection victory...

Azerbaijan: Rampant Violations Mark Shoe-In Presidential Vote

The only unanswered question heading into Azerbaijan’s presidential election October 9 was...

Azerbaijan: Putting Inauguration Ahead of the Vote

A man who declined to campaign in the weeks before Azerbaijan’s presidential...

Azerbaijan: Piling Up Individual Debt

If you are a homemaker with no independent source of income, some...

Azerbaijan: Eight Years on, Murder of Journalist Still Haunts the Present

Amid the coverage of civil-rights debates during this presidential election cycle in...

Azerbaijan: Presidential Campaign in Name Only?

There are three weeks to go before energy-rich Azerbaijan’s presidential vote on...

Young Azerbaijani Tycoon Finances 9/11 Memorial in Pennsylvania

An organization headed by the well-connected son of a powerful Azerbaijani cabinet...

Azerbaijan: Opposition Journalists Face Free-Flat Conflict

In Azerbaijan, opposition journalists have long been beaten, blackmailed and some even...

Azerbaijan: Opposition Opts for Back-Up Presidential Candidate

For Azerbaijan’s October 9 presidential elections, the country’s main opposition bloc thinks,...

Azerbaijan: When it Comes to Pipelines, It’s Not Personal, It’s Strictly Business

Just like the protagonist in the eponymous opera, the Nabucco pipeline, the...

Azerbaijan: Treatment of Karabakh Veterans Unequal

Cash-rich Azerbaijan appears policy-poor when it comes to the thousands of veterans...

Azerbaijan and Russia: What’s with the Eurovision Beef?

When it comes to differences with Russia over energy or arms shipments,...

Azerbaijan: As Incomes Rise, Fortunetelling Booms

While Azerbaijan grows rich from energy extracted from beneath the land and...

Azerbaijan: Porno-Political Portal Targets Government Critics

With less than six months to go before the country's presidential elections,...

Azerbaijan: Israel Diplomatic Trip Tweaks Tehran

Azerbaijan in late April crossed a self-imposed “red line” in its relations...

Azerbaijan: Pending Tehran Trial Placing Fresh Strain on Relations

Iran's intention to put two Azerbaijani poets on trial for committing an...

Azerbaijan: Signs Point to Russia's Departure from Gabala Radar Base

It may look like just a 27-year-old radar station in a remote...

Azerbaijan & Turkmenistan: Renewing Caspian Sea Energy Dispute

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are at it again, feuding over a lucrative patch...

Azerbaijan: In a Pop-Music World, Still Moved by Mugam

When it comes to Azerbaijan and music, Eurovision – and, now, Jennifer...

Azerbaijan: Parliament Throws Veil of Secrecy over Business Sector

Recent legislative efforts in Azerbaijan to protect the privacy of President Ilham...

Azerbaijan, Armenia: Baku Wants Washington More Involved in Karabakh Talks

Did Armenia and Azerbaijan make war in early June to promote peace?...

Azerbaijan: What’s with Baku’s Serbia Connection?

Azerbaijan has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest and has obtained a seat...

Azerbaijan Hands Out Eurovision Tickets to “Reliable” Fans

Like any exacting stage manager, the Azerbaijani government has labored hard to...

Azerbaijan: Looking at the Contest Surrounding the Eurovision Competition

With two weeks to go until Azerbaijan hosts the Eurovision 2012 Song...

Azerbaijan: SOCAR to Use Israeli Oil Field as Proving Ground

The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan is looking to become an international...

Azerbaijan: Religious Freedom Case Nears Decision

A pending court case is refocusing attention on the issue of religious...

Azerbaijan and Turkey: Back to the Drawing Board on TANAP Pipeline?

Azerbaijan and Turkey are showing that even for the closest of strategic...

Azerbaijan: Two Killed in Operation Against Alleged Religious Extremists

Two people, including an employee of the Ministry of National Security (MNS),...

Azerbaijan: Baku Disputes Story on Azerbaijani-Israeli Military Collaboration against Iran

Azerbaijani military and political analysts are disputing a March 28 report on...

Azerbaijan: Is Guba Protest Response a Harbinger of a Political Shift in Baku?

For the first time since President Ilham Aliyev assumed the presidency in...

Report: Clashes in Azerbaijan Prompt Dismissal of Regional Government Official

An unexpected riot in the northern Azerbaijani city of Guba on March...

Azerbaijan: Baku Presses Genocide Recognition Campaign for Khojaly

There were full-page newspaper ads in New York City, films in Paris,...

Azerbaijan and Israel: The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend

As the showdown over Iranian nuclear ambitions intensifies, political analysts in Azerbaijan...

Azerbaijan: Baku Building Free Apartments for Country’s “Free Press”

When it comes to dealing with independent-minded journalists, authorities in Azerbaijan appear...

Azerbaijan: Possible Iran Sanctions Offer Baku No Golden Energy Opportunity

Energy-rich Azerbaijan appears to be quietly backing the idea of tightened international...

Azerbaijan and Georgia: Rival Groups Seek to Speak for Georgia’s Muslims

In a sign of religion’s growing influence in the South Caucasus, the...

Azerbaijan: Facing a Choice Between NATO and NAM?

Azerbaijan’s cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization may not be progressing...

Nagorno-Karabakh: Are Baku and Yerevan Getting to Yes, or Going Nowhere?

Once again, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his Armenian counterpart, Serzh Sargsyan,...

Azerbaijan: Baku Confronting Issue of Early Marriages

At the age of 14, Kifayat Mammadova was married and already an...

Azerbaijan: Islamic Banking Knocking on the Door

In a sign that Islam’s role in Azerbaijan may be slowly evolving,...

Azerbaijan: Is Fatullayev’s Release Related to Eurovision Preparation?

Could it be that pop music, traditionally viewed by conservative governments as...

Azerbaijan: Baku Moving to Restrict Online Free Speech?

Officials in Azerbaijan want to make the act of spreading “misinformation” a...

Azerbaijan: Officials Still Searching for Hijab Protest Planners

Two weeks after a surprise pro-hijab protest by scores of Muslim believers...

Azerbaijan: Eurovision Win Presents New Chances, New Challenges

To many in Azerbaijan, winning Europe's ultimate pop-music contest produced a surge...

Azerbaijan: Teaching the ABCs of How to Be a Sniper

It’s a bright spring morning in Baku, and, at Azerbaijan’s only non-profit...

Azerbaijan: Can Baku Emerge as Middle Eastern Energy Supplier?

Could turmoil in the Middle East provide a market opportunity for Azerbaijan’s...

Azerbaijan: US Military Ties with Baku Are Stagnating - Experts

Azerbaijan’s recent move to indefinitely postpone joint military exercises with the United...

Azerbaijan: Baku Scrambling for Diplomatic Ways to Ground Karabakh Flights

Azerbaijan has toned down its rhetoric about shooting down planes that fly...

Azerbaijan: Baku Aims to Become Regional Arms Dealer

With energy exports providing plenty of spare cash, Azerbaijan is taking steps...

Azerbaijan: Facebook Arousing Government Suspicion in Baku on Eve of Protests

Even with no specifics yet available for Azerbaijan’s “day of rage,” the...

Fighting Corruption in Azerbaijan: A Mission with Teeth?

Nearly one month into Azerbaijan’s anti-corruption crackdown, both the government and general...

Azerbaijan: Iran Taking a Beating in Baku Press

As part of an effort to contain radical Islam, officials in Azerbaijan...

Azerbaijan Abolishes Fines for Hiring Illegal Labor Migrants

Energy-rich Azerbaijan is becoming a regional magnet for illegal labor migrants. The...