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Economics Europe

The byzantine fight for Dagestan’s strategic Makhachkala port

Ramazan Abdulatipov seems ready to close a sale of the state-owned port of Makhachkala to an Iranian-led group. The sale exposes the difficult balancing act elites are playing in the region.

Europe Politics

The European Union and future with the South Caucasus

The European Union (EU) has eyed the South Caucasus for the past two decades, and after the successful union expansion to parts of Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus could be next. The

Europe Finance

Losing allies: EU cultivates new friendship with Azerbaijan

Last week, the EU formally approached Azerbaijan to renegotiate their relationship, signalling an upgrade in diplomatic relations. Europe is hedging against continued deterioration of its alliances, whilst Azerbaijan will be

Politics South and Central Asia

Azerbaijan’s constitutional referendum: Entrenchment of the Aliyev clan

On September 26th, authoritarian Azerbaijan will hold a constitutional referendum over expanding presidential powers. The results are a forgone conclusion.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Armenia’s daredevils and demonstrators: What lies ahead?

Since an armed group took over a police station on July 17th – taking the officers inside hostage – there has been substantial political unrest in Armenia. The hostage taking has spurred protests across the country; however the direction that this frustration is taking is more than unclear.

Europe Security

Nagorno-Karabakh: New threats, old solutions

Azerbaijani authorities may try to exploit the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to improve the country’s domestic and international situation.

Europe Security

The risk of renewed hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh

In the most serious escalation of fighting in over two decades, the formerly “frozen” conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh recently erupted into an open conflict.

International Natural resources and energy

Presenting the five oil exporters most affected by currency devaluation

Devaluation is the word of the day in oil exporting countries. Whether it is the Nigerian naira, the Venezuelan bolívar, or the Russian rouble, low oil prices are wreaking havoc

Economics South and Central Asia

Falling oil prices raise concerns over Azerbaijan stability

The ongoing fall of oil prices leaves the Azerbaijani economy exposed to structural issues, increasing the risk of social unrest linked to current hardships. Since December 2015, the Azerbaijani economy has

Europe Security

Status quo in Azerbaijan election, but future less certain

Azerbaijan’s economy has grown spectacularly over the last 15 years, due to an abundance of fossil fuels in the Caspian Sea. Elections on November 1st appeared to show continuity but the