Stories about Azerbaijan from June, 2006
Anxieties about the possibility of resumed war between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno Karabakh are spilling over into the dreams of Christian Garbis, who says that he thinks the resumption of hostilities is inevitable.
New blog Memo from Breed reports on the state of play in Azerbaijani politics, focusing on the efforts of the opposition to find a raison d'etre.
Onnik Krikorian writes about Azeri jazz musician Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, an album of whose he picked up for a friend. He remarks that it is “good to see that music can actually cross geopolitical borders, especially when the two countries in question are Armenia and Azerbaijan.”
In light of a protest in Moscow against a statue of Heydar Aliev, the first Turkic Politburo member and the former President of Azerbaijan, Denise of neweurasia argues that Russia must take steps to treat its Azeri residents better to ensure a good image in Azerbaijan, if for no other...
Denise of neweurasia notes that Azerbaijan's Freedom House ranking has again gone down, but she takes issue with their ranking of the state of civil society in the country.
The Pamirs in sight, Kyrgyzstan Welcome to the latest roundup of the Central Asian and Caucasian blogosphere, brought to you bi-weekly by neweurasia. This edition reaches you from sunny Berlin, where the World Cup is in full swing (making this roundup inevitably brief). Unfortunately, the Azeri blogosphere is still underrepresented...
The Basturma Chronicles offers up a paper examining the dynamics of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Ben Paarmann notes that Kazakhstan has finally officially announced it will join the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and gives an overview of the country's oil export options.
Christian Garbis says that he fears war between Armenia and Azerbaijan will resume in the wake of the failure of the two parties to make progress on reaching a peace deal over Karabakh.
Onnik Krikorian notes that the deadlock over Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues and wonders how long the international community will continue tolerating the inability of the two sides to sign a peace deal.
Christian Garbis writes that Armenia and Azerbaijan are set to return to the negotiating table to discuss the exact same peace deal that was rejected last time. Garbis says the deal should be changed though and allow for an immediate referendum in Nagorno Karabakh on the territory's status.
The railway between Moscow and Tbilisi hasn't been used in 13 years, but now the service is being restored, reports Vilhelm Konnander: “Even though the newly reopened Tbilisi-Moscow connection is not via Abkhazia, negotiations are underway between Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Abkhazia, to reopen also the line running through Abkhazia...
ArmYouth Blog writes that there are lessons in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict for resolving the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh.