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A closer look at the Azerbaijan-Armenia negotiations

  • Several important developments have taken place recently in Azerbaijan-Armenia relations. The first was a meeting on Dec. 14 of last year between President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia, facilitated by European Council President Charles Michel. This w...
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A ‘safe zone’ in Syria faces hurdles

  • Turkish troops set up second observation post in safe zone in Idlib province, Syria. (File photo/AFP) US President Donald Trump on Jan. 15 tweeted that he had spoken with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan “to advise where we stand on all matters including our last two weeks o...
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Azeri-Armenian relations take important step forward

  • Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev last week announced that control of the Lachin Corridor between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh had been transferred to the Azeri authorities. Because of its strategic importance, this corridor had been the first target of the Armenian forces during the First Nago...
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Cause for cautious optimism thanks to Istanbul talks

  • A meeting held in Istanbul last Tuesday between delegations from Russia and Ukraine opened the way for cautious optimism, but the future of the military confrontation remains uncertain. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu believes that the most meaningful progress so far was made last wee...
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China moves slowly into the Middle East

  • A forum was organized last week in Beijing by Tsinghua University, under the title “Constructing a security community: Equality, equity and justice.” There were four plenaries and 26 panels dealing with a wide range of security issues. When the subject is security, the Middle East comes au...
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Clarity required over Khan Sheikhun attack

  • Mutual recriminations are still being traded between the Syrian regime, Russia and Iran on one side, and the rest of the international community on the other, over the regime attack on Khan Sheikhun on April 4. The first victim of war is usually the truth, and this crisis is no exception. There...
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Conflicting interests difficult to balance in Azeri-Armenian conflict

  • The Azeri-Armenian military confrontation that broke out last week contains the risks of further escalation because Azerbaijan seems to be militarily better prepared than in previous rounds. Early 20th century US senator Hiram Johnson used to say that “the first casualty when war comes is trut...
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Disillusionment at NATO despite policy shifts

  • https://www.arabnews.com/sites/default/files/filefield_paths/1703317815561053.jpg The NATO summit held in London last week was dominated by a phrase that French President Emmanuel Macron used in an interview with The Economist on Nov. 7. While talking about various shortcomings of the o...
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Don’t hold your breath for a deal on Cyprus

  • An unofficial meeting is to be held this week in Geneva to determine where we stand on the potential solution of the Cyprus question. It will be held from Tuesday to Thursday on a 5+1 basis, with the participation of the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots as the main stakeholders, along with t...
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Easing tensions in the South Caucusus

  • European Council Chairman Charles Michel invited Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to a meeting on the sidelines of the EU Eastern Partnership summit held last week in Brussels. Another trilateral summit scheduled before Nov. 10 — the first anniver...
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