Following war with Armenia, Azerbaijan gains control of lucrative gold mines

Ani Mejlumyan and Ulkar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet January 28, 2021

The losses to tax revenues will hit the de facto Nagorno-Karabakh government even harder than Yerevan.

CAUCASUS BLOG : What can Biden offer the Caucasus and Stans, all but forgotten about by Trump?

bne IntelIiNews January 19, 2021

Unlike his predecessor, the new US president will at least take an interest in issues such as Georgia's deep divisions, organised crime in the Kyrgyz government and Nagorno-Karabakh. But his in-tray is rather full with other pressing matters.

Armenia ‘to extend life of its 1970s Metsamor nuclear power plant after 2026’

bne IntelIiNews January 18, 2021

Government has reportedly also not abandoned plans to build a new plant. Facility was hit by devastating earthquake in 1988.

LONG READ: The oligarch problem

Ben Aris in Berlin January 17, 2021

Andrew Meier had a good joke about the problems post-Soviet countries face with their oligarchs: "What is to be done with those who are to blame."

OUTLOOK 2021 Armenia

bne IntelIiNews January 16, 2021

Small nation enters new year battered and bruised by the pandemic and defeat in the autumn war with Azerbaijan. A modest economic rebound is within reach should the peace hold.

COVID-19 and Trump’s indifference helped human rights abusers in 2020

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2021

2020 was a bad year for human rights around the world, but the US’ upcoming Biden presidency is an opportunity for change, says Human Rights Watch.

Armenia’s PM cautions conflict with Azerbaijan “still not settled” after trilateral meeting with Putin

bne IntelIiNews January 12, 2021

Nikol Pashinian nevertheless agrees to Armenian, Azerbaijani, Russian working group to unblock regional economic and transport links.

Storming parliaments: New Europe's greatest hits

bne IntelliNews staff January 7, 2021

The US has been rocked by the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. But in New Europe, protesters storming parliament buildings is a common experience.