The US has weaponized so-called “leaks” in order to craft the perception that Azerbaijan is a “rogue state” which “regularly violates “European norms”.
Russia endeavors to be the supreme balancing force in 21st-century Eurasia, seeking to “wipe the slate clean” in its relations with non-traditionl partners.
(Please read Part I before this article) The Reverse Brzezinski Unleashed The Stratagem: The author published an analytical research paper in June 2014 whereby he expounded upon the geostrategic concept of the “Reverse Brzezinski”, which is basically the return to the US’ 1980s Afghan-style strategy of engineering debilitating quagmires for […]
The unprecedented upsurge in violence along the Line of Contact between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh has raised universal concern that a larger conflict might be brewing, with some analysts seeing it as an outgrowth of Turkey’s destabilizing anti-Russian policies over the past couple of months. As attractive as it […]
The Greek Crisis has been a long-running drama that’s sucked in all of Europe (and even involved Russia to an extent), but for the most part, it hasn’t directly touched any of the Union’s peripheral countries. That may change, however, after the latest twist coming out of Athens. Per the […]
The first two parts of this series explained why the OSCE Minsk Group is inadequate for resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and why the SCO is the only realistic alternative for doing so. This final piece will look at how the US intends to stop that from happening, and what Azerbaijan […]
Azerbaijan and Armenia are slated to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as observer members during the group’s meeting this July, according to SCO General Secretary Dmitry Mezentsev. This gives Baku a fortuitous chance to finally move past the failed OSCE Minsk Group format and into a new framework that would […]
The official framework for dealing with the Nagorno-Karabakh issue is the OSCE Minsk Group, but given its ineffectiveness in making concrete progress in the past two decades, it appears as though it’s time of relevance has passed. Clearly, the old method of dealing with the crisis simply hasn’t worked, and […]
Azerbaijan is uniquely poised to assist Russia in its planned ‘Balkan Stream’ gas pipeline through Greece, but it would need to receive tangible economic benefits in exchange for its pivotal cooperation. Russia’s Vision Russia is actively moving towards resurrecting the cancelled South Stream project, understanding that the European and Balkan […]
The US’ Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland, visited Baku on 16 February as part of her trip to the Caucasus, which also saw her paying stops in Georgia and Armenia. While Azerbaijan has had positive relations with the US since independence, they’ve lately been […]
Azerbaijan is perfectly situated to connect Russian-Indian trade via the proposed North-South Corridor between the two. If it can find a role in this arrangement, Baku can catapult its regional importance and become a global economic player. The world is sitting at an historic crossroads, with regional and pan-continental integration […]
Part I Forecasted Conflict Scenario Now that the actors, their ambitions, and motivating interests have been touched upon, one can move on to forecasting their expected behavior in a Nagorno-Karabakh continuation war. It is predicted that such a conflict will likely have five stages of logical progression, but given the […]