Monthly Archives: October 2014


Engaging or shaming? Washington debates over responding effectively to Baku’s crackdown on activists

Washington officials, leading rights campaigners agree that more need to be done to stop Azerbaijan’s escalated pressure on human rights activists and NGOs. Unfortunately, they can’t agree on how… The topic of the western response to Azerbaijan’s ongoing pressure against rights activists and civil society groups was discussed during the event called “Broader Implications of […]

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Maidan lessons for Caucasus, Central Asia…

Re-posting my March, 2013 interview with Russian-American journalist, analyst David Satter on Maidan lessons for Caucasus, Central Asia. This content was originally published by RFERL/Radio Azadliq. For many western analysts, no matter whether conditions in the Caucasus and Central Asia are similar to those in Ukraine, a repetition of Maidan here remains unclear; the crisis […]


How to Deal With Countries Where Ruling Families Hide Cash Offshore?

Re-posting my July, 2013 piece on post-Soviet oligarchs` offshore secrets: Azerbaijan’s example. This interview was originally published by TURAN News Agency. The rich, famous politicians, from presidents to plutocrats and third world dictators, who have a vast amount of cash hidden in secret offshore accounts in the British Virgin Islands, Switzerland or Singapore, probably haven’t […]

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How Small Countries Buy Respect Abroad? My stories on Azerbaijan’s lobby hobby in Washington, DC

Oil-rich Azerbaijan remains one of the few countries in the Eurasia region that seem to be doing its best to tighten its relations with the western countries by cracking down on the civil society and the US-linked organizations. In the meantime, this post-soviet country appears yet to be attractive for top US officials, policy and […]


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Is Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Near Breaking Point? My interview with top US envoy

As shots across the Line of Contact between Azerbaijan and Armenia have recently become more common, causing reportedly at least 50 lives from both sides in the past few weeks, many that were involved in the peacemaking efforts, worry that a settlement will not be possible amid growing tension and mistrust between the Armenian and […]