Archive for the ‘Azerbaijan’ Category

Competition Among Ports in the Caspian Sea and the Significance of the Port of Baku

Via The Jamestown Foundation, a slightly dated but relevant look at competition among ports in the Caspian Sea: On July 29, the Russian government issued an order concerning plans for the development of federal transport, railway, information and communications infrastructure that includes the construction of Port Lagan, in the Republic of Kalmykia (, August 3). […]

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Opening A Trans-Caspian Corridor

Via Geopolitical Futures, an article on the potential opening of a trans-Caspian corridor: A trans-Caspian energy and trade corridor has long captured the interest of many nations that would benefit from its creation, and the war in Ukraine has made things only more urgent. The reasons it has never come to fruition are fairly obvious; […]

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Azerbaijan: Seeking To Become The Green Energy Supplier To EU

Via Modern Diplomacy, an article on Azerbaijan’s efforts to become the green energy supplier to the EU: Recently, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Hungary and Romania signed an agreement to build a strategic partnership regarding green energy.   According to the document of the text, these four countries will be working together to develop a 1,195 kilometer submarine power cable […]

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BRI and The Role Of South Caucasus In Chinese/European Connectivity

Via Eurasia Review, a look at the role of South Caucasus in China’s BRI-led effort to connect China and Europe: China’s Belt and Road Initiative In 2013, China’s president Xi Jinping announced the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st -Century Maritime Silk Road. After two years, an action plan was issued by the National Development […]

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Erdogan Touts Potential Gas Deal Ahead of Turkmenistan Summit

Via Al Monitor, a report on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan interest in a gas deal that would extend into Europe: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the trilateral summit between Turkey, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan this week will focus on Ankara’s plans to carry Turkmen gas to Turkey and from there to Europe […]

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Azerbaijan’s Russian Gas Deal Raises Uncomfortable Questions For Europe

Via Eurasianet, commentary on a highly touted deal between Baku and Brussels that was meant to wean Europe off Russian gas, but Azerbaijan is now importing Russian gas itself in order to meet its obligations to Europe: Azerbaijan has begun importing gas from Russia under a deal which should enable Baku to meet its own domestic […]

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