Iran’s “vaccine tourists” sleeping on streets of Yerevan after tightening of rules

bne IntelIiNews July 19, 2021

Taxi drivers charging Iranians seeking jabs $120 for round trip from Tehran to Armenian border.

bneGREEN: CEE surfs the green bond wave

Robert Anderson, and bne IntelliNews reporters July 9, 2021

Issuance has been impressive but in some countries green bonds are still to get off the ground, while in others there is a shortage of high-yield, local currency or 'dark green' issues.

Perspectives - What to expect from the new Iranian president – a view from the Caucasus

Eldar Mamedov political adviser to the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament July 8, 2021

The election of a hardliner could augur a more security-oriented approach by Tehran toward Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Coronavirus vaccine tourism from Iran to Armenia explodes

Daniel Rad in Dublin July 5, 2021

Armenia has seen a marked increase in Iranians crossing the border of the country to get vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) in recent weeks, Tik reported on July 4.

Under half of emerging Europe economies to achieve full recovery in 2021

bne IntelliNews June 29, 2021

EBRD says recovery from the coronacrisis is progressing faster than expected, but many emerging Europe economies won’t return to 2019 levels of GDP until 2022.

Armenia's Pashinyan wins re-election in landslide

Joshua Kucera & Ani Mejlumyan for Eurasianet June 21, 2021

The elections were a unique event in post-Soviet Armenian history, as the results were not a foregone conclusion. The incumbent won an unexpectedly large mandate to stay in power.

OSCE election observers praise free and fair conduct of Armenian election

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 21, 2021

Observation comes with main opposition alliance refusing to concede what official results show was a crushing defeat.

Pashinyan scores stunning victory in Armenian election

Neil Hauer in Yerevan & Will Conroy in Prague June 21, 2021

Armenia's Nikol Pashinyan set to return to full office after trouncing his rival in the country's general election despite projections it would be close-run.

Armenia: June 20 election preview

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 19, 2021

Armenia's closely contested June 20 election portends a slight Pashinian advantage, but too close to call

Armenia's Pashinyan holds last major pre-election rally

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 18, 2021

Politician made PM after bloodless street revolution urges voters to deliver a “steel revolution”. Defeat could mean him facing inquiry over his handling of last year’s war with Azerbaijan.

Armenian election rhetoric dominated by insults and threats

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 18, 2021

Campaigns full of poisonous talk of executions, mental problems, alcoholism and political vendettas. There’s little about policy.

Kocharyan proposes Russia-style 'foreign agents' law for Armenia

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 18, 2021

Opposition leader has also invoked the spectre of George Soros. Analyst says move might be attempt to play to apparent far-right groups among his base.

Late analysis suggests Pashinian to triumph in Armenia's June 20 election

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 18, 2021

Main rival Kocharyan’s support has risen on his aggressive approach to national security, but as an “old regime” figure he struggles with a high unpopularity rating.

Turkish firms benefit from Azerbaijan’s victory

Ulkar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet June 15, 2021

Following the victory over Armenia, Azerbaijan has thanked Turkey by awarding several multimillion-dollar contracts to companies close to the Turkish president.

Erdogan pays historic visit to post-war Nagorno-Karabakh

bne IntelIiNews June 15, 2021

Analysts will watch for any continuation or further toning down of Turkey's aggressive foreign policy in wake of Turkish president's meeting with Joe Biden.

Armenian election rhetoric grows violent

Kharine Ghazaryan for Eurasianet June 14, 2021

Once Armenia’s democratic hope, Nikol Pashinian is now calling for “vendettas” and to “replace his velvet mandate with a steel one.” And he’s not the only candidate using that kind of language.

International Crisis Group releases new field-researched report on Karabakh

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 9, 2021

ICG says the "fragility" of the ceasefire has already been highlighted by tensions that "flared in mid-May as Armenia and Azerbaijan disputed new positions established by Azerbaijani forces" close to their shared border.

Armenian PM Pashinian offers son in POW swap with Azerbaijan

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 8, 2021

Son posts on Facebook he is ready to take part in swap. Pashinian's offer comes in response to words of political opponents amid launch of Armenian general election campaigning.

Armenia and Azerbaijan suspend “corridor” talks

Joshua Kucera for Eurasianet June 7, 2021

Yerevan said there was no point in discussing new transportation routes with Azerbaijan while there was so much tension along their border. Baku’s response was curiously muted.

Turkey ‘possibly behind world’s first battlefield killing by autonomous combat drone’

bne IntelIiNews June 3, 2021

UN report identifies use of ‘killer robot’ Kargu-2 in Libya skirmish.