What is needed for the sustainable resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?

In April of this year, hundreds of soldiers and civils were killed in the deadliest four-day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This was the most deadliest since the ceasefire signed in 1994. The incident, which both side blamed each other […]

Tourism in Azerbaijan: Is an Arab tourist a threat to security?

Azerbaijan is an attractive country for foreign visitors with its natural charm and historic-cultural heritage. 9 out of 11 of the world’s climate zones are found in Azerbaijan where a unique architecture and culture, diversity, cuisine, nature, beach, attractions, hunting […]

Dual standards in Armenia Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Nagorno-Karabakh is a frozen ethnic conflict between the Republic of Armenia and Azerbaijan that started in the late 1980s, and which has been continuing up until now with the occupation of the Karabakh region and the 7 surrounding districts by the Armenian-backed Karabakh […]

Azerbaijan-EU relations within Eastern Partnership: new realities and current standing

The Eastern Partnership program (EP) is a joint initiative involving the EU, its member states and 6 eastern European partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and  Ukraine and is based on commitment to the principles of international law and fundamental values – democracy, the rule […]

Turkey-Russia rapprochement: implications for Azerbaijan’s Euro-integration

31 yanvar 2015. On Dec. 1, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin paid an official visit to Ankara, where he met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss primarily the trade-and-economic and energy matters. In the joint press-conference, Putin […]

 

What is needed for the sustainable resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?

081414_0In April of this year, hundreds of soldiers and civils were killed in the deadliest four-day war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This was the most deadliest since the ceasefire signed in 1994. The incident, which both side blamed each other in stirring, also showed that how “frozen” Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can escalate beyond control and bring both sides into full scale war in matter of days destabilizing whole South Caucasus region. The status-quo lasting for more than 20 years now increases tension between two countries threatening the region with military conflict and sustainable solution to the conflict should be found.

The military conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia broke out after ethnically Armenian population of the Nagorno-Karabakh, autonomous republic within borders of Azerbaijan, raised claims of unification with Armenia following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Raised tensions spiraled into full scale military conflict which resulted in around 30,000 deaths from both sides and over a million of refugees and displaced persons from Azerbaijan. Today, the Nagorno-Karabakh is self-proclaimed republic not recognized by any country including Armenia, while 22 years of peace talks yielded no results. Read more »

Tourism in Azerbaijan: Is an Arab tourist a threat to security?

banknews-az_2016-08-29_08-09-56Azerbaijan is an attractive country for foreign visitors with its natural charm and historic-cultural heritage. 9 out of 11 of the world’s climate zones are found in Azerbaijan where a unique architecture and culture, diversity, cuisine, nature, beach, attractions, hunting etc. add value to the tourism of the country. The climate of Azerbaijan also offers opportunities for summer and winter holidays. Given the dipping oil and gas prices which have been the major profits for the state budget for years, we can predict the government’s priority for further development of the tourism industry. The influx of foreign visitors has been on the rise particularly since 2011, and the number has reached 2.2 mln. Read more »

Dual standards in Armenia Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

shushaNagorno-Karabakh is a frozen ethnic conflict between the Republic of Armenia and Azerbaijan that started in the late 1980s, and which has been continuing up until now with the occupation of the Karabakh region and the 7 surrounding districts by the Armenian-backed Karabakh separatists. The conflict has its roots dating back to the early 20th century, yet the full escalation of tensions and bloody events took place in the early 1990s. The conflict is still governed by the separatist regime (breakaway government) of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with full support of Armenia. The most dynamic phase of the conflict was 1988-1994. During this period, Azerbaijan has undergone a serious ethnic cleansing (around 10% of its population) and massacre along with the annexation of its territories by Armenia. A ceasefire agreement was signed in May 1994 with the mediation of Russia. Sporadic events and skirmishes have happened ever since the signing of the ceasefire agreement, however the conflict has never gone into an active phase. The USA, France and Russia several times came up with a road map to achieve a full settlement of the conflict, however, the problem still remains unresolved, where a fragile ceasefire is regularly violated and the 2 parties are technically at war. Read more »

Azerbaijan-EU relations within Eastern Partnership: new realities and current standing

eu-flag-620x350

The Eastern Partnership program (EP) is a joint initiative involving the EU, its member states and 6 eastern European partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and  Ukraine and is based on commitment to the principles of international law and fundamental values – democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. It also encompasses support for a market economy, sustainable development and good governance. The EU is seeking to build a close relationship with Azerbaijan toward gradual economic integration and a deepening of political cooperation. The relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan go back to the early 90’s. Following the Partnership & Cooperation Agreement that entered into force in 1999 the EU engaged further with Azerbaijan through its European Neighborhood Policy in 2003. The final step of the relations between Azerbaijan and the EU was the Eastern Partnership program that was signed in May 2009. Read more »

Bakıda böyük Forum – Internet və vətəndaş jurnalistikası

Forum 09Bu gün “Region” Beynəlxalq Analitik Mərkəz (RBAM) internet və vətəndaş jurnalistikasına həsr edilmiş Forum təşkil edib. 120 nəfərin qatıldığı Forumda Azərbaycanın internet məkanı müzakirə edilib. Tədbirdə beynəlxalq təşkilatlar da iştirak edib.

Forumu açılış nitqi ilə salamlayan RBAM rəhbəri Razi Nurullayev əsrimizin internet əsri olduğunu və texnolgiyaların çox sürətlə inkişaf etdiyini vurğulayıb. O qeyd edib ki, istifadəçilər əsasən Facebook sosial şəbəkəsindən istifadə edirlər, amma Facebook imkanlarını genişləndirən digər internet resurslar da var. Bunlar Podbean, listen2myradio və WordPress platformalarıdır ki, onlardan istifadə etməklə hər kəs imkanlarını daha da genişləndirə bilər.Forum 03

Bunu ardınca o, RBAM-ın hazırladığı http://nt.rbam.org/ internet resursunu təqdim edib. Tədbirdə Türkiyədən yerləşən Kanada səfirliyinin nümayəndələri Kevin Eliott və Monica Ambelez Karrer də iştirak ediblər. və əməkdaşları da Forumda iştirak edəcək.

Forumda ekspert qismində çıxış edən Azər Nəzərov digər internet alətləri, və o cümlədən Podbean, listen2myradio və WordPress platformaları barəsində vizual təqdimat edib. Read more »

Turkey-Russia rapprochement: implications for Azerbaijan’s Euro-integration

Razi Nurullayev, founder and senior expert with “Region” International Analytical Centre (RIAC)

Razi Nurullayev, founder and senior expert with “Region” International Analytical Centre (RIAC)

31 yanvar 2015.

On Dec. 1, 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin paid an official visit to Ankara, where he met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss primarily the trade-and-economic and energy matters. In the joint press-conference, Putin announced that Russia would not continue building the South Stream, the $45 billion pipeline that aimed at bringing Russian gas to the EU bypassing Ukraine, due to the EU’s Third Energy Package and competition requirements. Putin also made a surprising announcement that Russia would extend the existing Blue Stream gas pipeline to Turkey and build a new energy hub on the Turkish-Greek border. The new pipeline will be able to deliver 63 billion cubic meters of gas annually, 14 bcm of which will be delivered to Turkey at 6 percent discounted prices. Read more »

AZERBAIJAN AT CROSS-ROADS: EUROPEAN UNION OR EURASIAN UNION

Razi Nurullayev, political scientist, founder and expert with the "REGION" International Analytical Center (RIAC)

Razi Nurullayev, political scientist, founder and expert with the “REGION” International Analytical Center (RIAC)

In January 2014, in the World Economic Forum in Davos, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev stated that Azerbaijan was not going to sign the Association Agreement with the EU. “Today there’s no necessity for our country to choose between cooperation with EU and Customs Union. We have very active bilateral relations with the members of Customs Union. Our trade turnover is growing and in general the political contacts are at the high level. Some choices or alternatives were never in question for us. We cooperate with both Custom Union members and EU members”, – President Aliyev said.

In the light of recent military intervention of Russia in the Georgia and Ukraine, two countries that chose the path of Euro-integration, there are wide-spread fears that Azerbaijan may be the next target if the country signs the association agreement. Therefore, the government decided to sign non-binding and less comprehensive the Strategic Modernization Partnership. Read more »

How can donors work with NGO? – Policy Brief, Recommendations

pear-small-eng copy“Region” International Analytical Center (RIAC) and Human Rights and Enlightenment Public Union proposed offers for donors by conducting donor analysis based on the new situation with civil society  

Background

Civil society development process had started in paralel with the establishment of independent Azerbaijan. In particular, the development of NGOs, one of the leading subjects of civil society started in this stage. Quantitative and qualitative increase of NGOs, its formalisation as an institution started to expand in the middle of 90s and became already well established structure  at the end of the century. Read more »

Donorlar QHT-lərlə necə işləyə bilər? – Analiz və Tövsiyyələr

region logo-Aze“Region” Beynəlxalq Analitik Mərkəz (RBAM) və İnsan Hüquqları və Maarifçilik İB-yi donorlarla bağlı vətəndaş cəmiyyətində yaranan yeni situasiyaya uyğun analiz apararaq donorlar üçün təkliflərlə çıxış edib – Analiz və Tövsiyyələr

Tarixə ekskursiya

Vətəndaş cəmiyyəti quruculuğu prosesi Azərbaycanın müstəqil dövlət quruculuğu ilə paralel başlayıb. Vətəndaş cəmiyyətinin aparıcı subyektlərindən olan QHT-lərin formalaşması öz tarixini, məhz elə bu mərhələ ilə başlayır. QHT-lərin kəmiyyət və keyfiyyətcə artımı, bir institut kimi formalaşması prosesi də 90-cı illərin ortalarında daha geniş yayılmağa başlayıb və əsrin sonuna yaxın artıq oturuşmuş bir struktura çevrilib.

Demək olar ki, 2007-ci ildə QHT-lərə Dövlət Dəstəyi Şurası yaranana qədər Azərbaycanda yerli donor institutu olmayıb. Ona görə də QHT-lərin layihələri əsasən ABŞ və Avropanın müxtəlif profilli fondları və institutları tərəfindən maliyyələşdirilib. Həmin dövrün tələblərinə uyğun olaraq, layihələr maliyyələşdirilərkən daha çox insan hüquqlarının müdafiəsi, demokratik təsisatların formalaşaması, seçki islahatları və digər mühüm prioritet sahələr üzrə yazılan layihələrin seçilməsinə üstünlük verilib.

Read more »

“Region” Beynəlxalq Analitik Mərkəz (RBAM) qlobal layihəyə cəlb edilib

Logo“Region” Beynəlxalq Analitik Mərkəz (RBAM) və tərəfdaşları (Rəqəmsal İnkişaf İB, “Tərəqqi” Sosial Tədqiqatlar İB, Insan Hüquqları və Maarifçilik İB, Sosial Strateji Tədqiqatlar və Analitik Araşdırmalar İB) ABŞ-ın Beynəlxalq İnkişaf Agentliyi (USAID) və İsveçin Beynəlxalq İnkişaf Agentliyinin (SIDA) birgə təşəbbüsü olan Vətəndaş Cəmiyyəti İnnovasiya Təşəbbüsü (Civil Society İnnovation Initiative) çərçivəsində vətəndaş cəmiyyətinin bütün dünyada maneəsiz uzunmüddətli inkişafına nail olmaq üçün yeni strategiyasının və ardınca layihənin hazırlanması işində iştirak etmək üçün dəvət alıb.

RBAM və tərəfdaşları bütün dünya üzrə seçilən 45 beynəlxalq təşkilat arasındadır.

Bu təşəbbüs üzərində ABŞ prezidenti Barak Obama 23 sentyabr tarixli “Klintonun Qlobal Təşəbbüsü” tədbirində çıxış edən zaman geniş dayanmış və bu təşəbbüsü bütün dünyada vətəndaş cəmiyyətinə ABŞ-ın ən böyük töhfəsi kimi dəyərləndirmişdir.

“Region” Beynəlxalq Analitik Mərkəz (RBAM) rəhbəri Razi Nurullayev Vətəndaş Cəmiyyəti İnnovasiya Təşəbbüsündə iştirak etmək üçün bu gün İstanbula gedir. Yekun strategiyanın və layihənin  hazırlanması üçün seçilən 45 təşkilat İstanbulda toplaşacaq.

sida-logo_400x200 USAID-logo