OPINION: Azerbaijan’s energy diplomacy pivots to the Balkans

Fuad Shahbazov in Durham May 23, 2023

Azerbaijan can’t fully substitute for Russian gas at the pan-European level, but it can play a crucial role in promoting the energy security of individual states.

Pashinyan recognises Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan

bne IntelliNews May 22, 2023

Pashinyan’s statement was his clearest public pronouncement on his policy in the peace negotiations.

EBRD 2023: Azerbaijan seeks routes to become green energy supplier to Europe

Clare Nuttall in Samarkand May 17, 2023

Azerbaijan is seeking to use existing transport infrastructure to establish itself as a supplier of green fuels to the European continent.

EBRD cuts regional growth forecasts again but Central Asia still going strong

Clare Nuttall in Samarkand May 16, 2023

Inflation remains a drag on growth in Emerging Europe, along with sluggish growth in advanced economies and stricter financing conditions in Central Europe and the Baltic states.

Pashinyan plays delicate balancing act with Moscow ahead of EU peace talks

bne IntelliNews May 11, 2023

The Armenian president cannot afford to alienate Moscow when his country remains so dependent on its big neighbour and at a time when the outcome of the peace talks remains so uncertain.

Pashinyan says critical differences remain on peace process with Azerbaijan

bne IntelliNews May 8, 2023

Armenian premier says progress in US-held talks was minimal.

CENUSA: The European Political Community in Russia’s closeness: strengthening the "circle of friends" in the EU's neighbourhood

Denis Cenusa in Germany May 2, 2023

The EU should leverage the diplomatic aspect of the Community to amplify the pro-European message in its eastern neighbourhood. While keeping Georgia close is crucial, so is integrating Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Yerevan will not hold talks on new regulations for the Lachin Corridor

bne IntelliNews May 1, 2023

After Azerbaijan establishes checkpoint on the only road between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijani protesters stop their own blockade of the road.

Azerbaijan sets up checkpoint on Karabakh-Armenia corridor

bne IntelliNews April 24, 2023

Azerbaijan's State Border Service cited "continuing military supplies from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh" as the excuse for the checkpoint.

ING: World trade to see big shifts and weaker growth in 2023

ING April 21, 2023

World trade has been falling, but we still expect growth to return this year. We do notice large shifts in world trade as advanced economies – especially the US – are diversifying input sourcing.

Iran frets as Israel opens embassy 11 miles from border in Turkmenistan

bne IntelIiNews April 20, 2023

Move comes with Tehran already angry at neighbour Azerbaijan’s growing ties with its arch-foe.

Data indicate Korea exporters dodge sanctions by shipping to Russia via Central Asia, South Caucasus

bne IntelIiNews April 17, 2023

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia among countries that appear to be conduits for sanctioned goods from East Asia nation.

ING: IMF remains cautious on world economic outlook

ING April 15, 2023

Amid a downgrade to the IMF’s global growth forecast, EM sovereigns should remain resilient with areas of relative growth outperformance, easing pressure on commodity importers and fiscal reform momentum.

Is war between Iran and Azerbaijan out of the question?

Fuad Shahbazov April 11, 2023

Baku’s opening of an embassy in Israel has added to a multitude of tensions.

Azerbaijan expels Iranian embassy employees and arrests ‘spies plotting coup’ as Baku, Tehran tensions escalate

bne IntelIiNews April 6, 2023

Opening of embassy in Israel by Azerbaijanis appears to have inflamed existing tensions between neighbours.

Azerbaijan blames Iran and arrests five over attempted murder of MP

Cavid Aga in Baku April 4, 2023

Azerbaijan has also accused Iran of not properly investigating an attack on its embassy in Tehran in January, and conducting threatening military exercises close to its border.

Azerbaijan accuses Iran of "sponsoring terrorism"

Cavid Aga in Baku March 31, 2023

The war of words has reached a new low point following the Azerbaijani foreign minister's visit to Israel and Palestine, as well as an assassination attempt on an anti-Iranian Azerbaijani MP.

IMF: Volatile commodity prices reduce growth and amplify swings in inflation

Jeff Kearns of the IMF March 29, 2023

Food and energy prices surged to near historic highs in recent years amid the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, which prompted major supply disruptions. This was accompanied by a sharp rise in the volatility of commodity prices as well.

Azerbaijani forces seize territory in Nagorno-Karabakh

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2023

Azerbaijani forces occupy a hill near the Lachin corridor connecting the ethnic Armenian area of Karabakh to Armenia.

INTERVIEW: Ruben Vardanyan, ousted state minister of Nagorno-Karabakh

Robert Anderson in Prague March 23, 2023

The status of the breakaway territory must be settled as part of any final peace agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and this will require a joint effort of Russia and the West in the UNSC, says Armenian billionaire.