Azerbaijan and Iran after the Sanctions: The Pathways of Advanced Engagement and Confrontation

Azerbaijan and Iran after the Sanctions: The Pathways of Advanced Engagement and Confrontation by Ahmad Alili, Researcher, Center for Economic and Social Development (Azerbaijan) The nuclear deal reached by the E3/EU+3 and Iran has a great historic significance for the world; especially for the regions bordering with Iran. In this regard, Azerbaijan, also bordering with Iran, is awaiting crucial political and economic reorganisation at its southern... Read More

IRAN AND THE WEST: CHANGING RELATIONS?

IRAN AND THE WEST: CHANGING RELATIONS? After reaching an interim nuclear deal with major world powers, Iran’s government is turning its attention to mending strained relations with Western countries.Iran is enthusiastic for the United States and the Europeans to lift harsh economic sanctions near future. In some circles in the political capitals of the Europe, having a close relationship with our southern neighbor are welcomed. Of course the main... Read More

Some take advantage of war, some just want peace

Some take advantage of war, some just want peace There was said a lot about the fact that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is going on. Because of this conflict, the development of the entire region has been hindered, and apparently, this conflict is profitable for someone. However, the economic side of the issue has been discussed but a little since the conflict. The question of what Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the entire South Caucasus have lost due to... Read More

Multipolarity is key: Assessing Azerbaijan’s foreign policy

Multipolarity is key: Assessing Azerbaijan’s foreign policy This paper seeks to outline how Azerbaijan should manage the numerous foreign policy challenges it faces due to its strategic location, wealth in resources, neighbors and surrounding conflicts. As a small state, Baku should seek to balance interests and pursue a path of multipolarity, without however forfeiting a strong stance towards governments that threaten its status quo. Russia,... Read More

CESD Paper: Iran’s Economy- On the Light of the New Sanctions

CESD Paper: Iran’s Economy- On the Light of the New Sanctions  CESD has produced new paper on Iranian economy on the background of the new sanctions. The paper looks current situation of Iranian economy, potential impacts of new sanctions, Iranian relations with West, neighbors as well as with Azerbaijan. The paper also focuses on social and economic impacts of new sanctions not only on Iranian economy but also Iranian population. Iran... Read More

Putin: EU should observe Russia`s stance on Trans-Caspian gas route

Putin: EU should observe Russia`s stance on Trans-Caspian gas route Any decision made by the European Union on the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline should first be adopted by the countries of the so-called “Caspian five“: Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, presidential aide Yury Ushakov said last Friday, citing Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline is designed to pump gas from the Caspian region... Read More

IMF: Iran sanctions could push oil to $140

IMF: Iran sanctions could push oil to $140 Sanctions on Iran could push oil prices up 30pc, taking the price of Brent crude to above $140 a barrel, the IMF has warned, Telegraph reported. In a note to G20 deputies, the IMF said that sanctions by OECD nations could cut 1.5m barrels per day (bpd) from supplies, causing a “large effect on prices” unless replacement supplies were found. “A halt of Iran’s exports to OECD economies... Read More

BP official: Shah Deniz won`t get caught up in Iran sanctions

BP official: Shah Deniz won`t get caught up in Iran sanctions The project on developing Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz natural gas field doesn’t expect to get caught up in any potential sanctions on Iran, BP Shah Deniz Development’s Marketing Manager Steve Garlick said Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported. “There is at the moment an exemption, whether this exemption holds remains to be see,” Garlick said at the European Gas... Read More

Azerbaijan Economy in 2012; expectations and challenges

Azerbaijan Economy in 2012; expectations and challenges Official forecasts for Azerbaijani economy in 2012 seem quite optimistic. According to Ministry of Economic Development reports although downturn in world economy. The Government of Azerbaijan (GoA) targets 5,7 % GDP Growth in 2012 meanwhile The Central Bank’s monetary policy is announced keeping inflation to single digits. Meanwhile, International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected at 7,1 % Azerbaijan’s... Read More