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Commentary: "Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev Addresses New Messages Through His New Cabinet" by Farhad Mammadov

By Editor CI

Jul 7, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The March 11th, 2018 presidential elections in Azerbaijan confirmed the political weight and the overwhelming popular support for President Ilham Aliyev. Nevertheless, the elections’ strategic aftermath has yielded remarkable changes with implications for the future prospects of the country – the appointment of a new cabinet being the most notable of these changes. The restructuration of the cabinet of ministers hails new prospects for multiple economic reforms and structural-institutional changes, with the overall aim of promoting a more attractive domestic business environment and ensuring the sustainable development of the country in the years ahead. Read more...

Commentary: "Armenia’s “Velvet Revolution”: The Next Chapter" by Amanda Paul

By Editor CI

Jul 7, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Armenia’s “Velvet revolution” has opened a new page in the country’s history. Fed up with corrupt governance and dire socio-economic conditions, Armenians took to the streets. Their steely determination led to the resignation of veteran leader Serzh Sargsyan. Nikol Pashinyan was elected Prime Minister. The biggest challenge that Pashinyan faces is meeting the huge expectations of society. His ability to deliver remains constrained by a need to secure a popular mandate through the ballot box, and by Armenia’s complicated military and strategic relationship with its neighbours. While Pashinyan has opted to maintain continuity on foreign and security related issues, his domestic agenda is very ambitious. However, with the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) continuing to have strong influence over the key branches of power, bringing real change will not be easy. Furthermore, the network of Armenia’s corrupt elites and oligarchs that have plundered the state since independence will not give up without a fight. Hence to what extent Pashinyan will be able to succeed, remains to be seen. Read more...

Commentary: "Georgia Before the Presidential Elections: The General Overview" by Aleksandre Kvakhadze

By Editor CI

Jul 7, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The present paper aims to provide an overview of the pre-election political landscape in Georgia and illustrate recent developments and their interconnection with each other. The paper will describe and analyze three main trends observed in Georgia in recent months, including factors such as Mikheil Saakashvili, the return of Bidzina Ivanishvili to politics, and the protest rallies in Tbilisi. The paper will also evaluate the chances of various candidates in the upcoming presidential elections in the context of the current economic situation and the recent public opinion surveys. The article concludes that victory in the presidential elections is crucial for the ruling party, but the opposition also has the opportunity to consolidate. Read more...

Contemporary Refugee Issues in the EU and the Crises of Multiculturalism; Brendan Cole

By ilgar Gurbanov

Sep 30, 2015 - 2:39 PM

In reporting on the conflict in Syria, the media has concentrated on the refugee crisis as a key facet of the larger narrative. While the geopolitical ramifications of the conflict are pored over by political leaders, the more human consequences of this vast exodus of refugees have raised questions over the responsibility of the international community toward the millions who are fleeing. So far, it has fallen to Syria’s immediate neighbors to bear the brunt of the exodus, with EU countries accepting relatively few. This has led to a discrepancy between a predominantly European call to help Syria’s refugees - and how welcoming Europe is in practice. Added into the mix is the rise of anti-immigration sentiment in many European countries, where problems with the integration of immigrants is perhaps fuelling a reluctance to accept refugees. European governments are making public statements to their citizens about the rise of Islamism in Europe; the kind of anti-immigration protests seen in Germany over the last few months show how difficult it is for governments to square their humanitarian responsibilities with public doubts over the value of multiculturalism in their societies. This commentary enquires whether there is a degree of hypocrisy in the EU, given the gap between its professed concern for those fleeing violence and the help it actually offers, and asks whether this is likely to change. Read more...

Azerbaijani Community of the Nagorno Karabakh Region: Deported Community’s Quest for Peace, Justice and Returning Home; Rovshan Rzayev

By ilgar Gurbanov

Sep 30, 2015 - 2:38 PM

Azerbaijan has experienced one the of the harshest refugee and IDP crises of modern times during its 25 years of independence which made about 13 percent of the country’s population to live lives of refugee and IDP. The Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh (ACNK) who was forcefully displaced by Armenia during ethnic cleansing in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh is a part of the huge refugee and IDP population of Azerbaijan. The ACNK supports the peaceful resolution of the conflict in accordance with international legal norms, and in order to accelerate the peace process, the ACNK has offered to launch direct negotiations between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. Despite all support provided by Azerbaijani state to solve socio-economic problems of the community no support can fully heal the wounds inflicted by war, occupation, massacres and ethnic cleansing. The only way to truly heal these wounds is through the resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, with peace in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the community’s return to their native lands and homes. Read more...

The Azerbaijan-NATO partnership at 20; Khazar Ibrahim

By ilgar Gurbanov

Dec 23, 2014 - 12:45 PM

Published in Caucasus International; "Experiences of NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) in the Post-Soviet Space: 20 Years On" Vol. 4 • No: 3-4 • Winter 2014-2015 Read more...
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