Azerbaijani government silent on phone spying revelations

Heydar Isayev for Eurasianet July 22, 2021

The list of journalists and activists reportedly spied on using the Israeli-made Pegasus software continues to grow. But Baku is keeping quiet.

Turkmenistan: Going for gold

Akhal-Teke: Eurasianet July 20, 2021

Ashgabat has great confidence these days in its Europe-bound exports. Plus, a mysterious tragedy on the Afghan border. Eurasianet's weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

Azerbaijani journalist targeted with Pegasus spyware ‘ready to take fight to European courts’

bne IntelIiNews July 19, 2021

Phone number of Sevinj Vaqifqizi one of 50,000 worldwide discovered on leaked database that appears to implicate a dozen governments.

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.

ING: OPEC+ fails to come to a deal

Warren Patterson ING’s Head of Commodities Strategy July 6, 2021

The standoff between the UAE and the rest of OPEC+ continues, with Monday’s meeting cancelled. In theory this means that OPEC+ output will remain unchanged in August, which would be bullish for prices in the short term.

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.

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.

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.

No football frenzy in Emerging Europe's Euro 2020 host cities

bne IntelliNews June 8, 2021

Host cites to raise their profiles just as international travel starts to revive, but little hope of the usual tourism and consumer spending bonanza.

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.

Top-down Shusha reconstruction facing opposition from Azerbaijanis

Ulkar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet May 27, 2021

The government has moved quickly to restore the city it has declared its cultural capital, but the lack of transparency has raised concern.

Nagorno-Karabakh: in the aftermath of war, Armenia faces an unpalatable choice

Kevork Oskanian May 24, 2021

More than six months have passed since the “second Karabakh war” came to an abrupt end with Armenia all but defeated. The ceasefire left many questions unresolved. Anxieties for Armenians are at fever pitch ahead of a snap election.

bneGREEN: GECF rejects IEA call to end upstream investment

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2021

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) has rejected the findings of the IEA report released last week, instead projecting that gas will increase its share in the global energy mix to 28% from 23% today.

Armenia asks Moscow-led CSTO to respond to Azerbaijan’s ‘provocative troop incursions’

bne IntelIiNews May 13, 2021

France’s president Macron and US congressman Schiff express support for Yerevan.

Azerbaijani forces 'advance 3 km into Armenia'

bne IntelIiNews May 12, 2021

Armenian security council meets. Acting PM stresses there have been no exchanges of fire as Yerevan works to resolve situation peacefully.

Turkey's "crazy" canal would impact Eurasian trade, geopolitics

David O'Byrne for Eurasianet May 7, 2021

The project threatens the delicate regional military balance.

DATACRUNCH: Inflation surges across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus

Ben Aris n Berlin May 3, 2021

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union inflation been falling and dropped to post-Soviet lows in the last two years. Now it’s back. The countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus are worst affected