Foreign Policy

The Minsk Group Is Meaningless

Just as generals proverbially prepare for the last war, diplomats often prepare for the last peace—or at least for the last peace initiative. Usually, they fail for the same reason: Things have changed. So it is with the Minsk Group, established by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the 1990s to hold a peace conference on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Minsk—hence its name.
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Cross-border shooting escalates as Azerbaijan seeks formal agreement with Armenia

Some of the heaviest post-war fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan took place this week, as tensions continued to escalate between the two sides. Armenian and Azerbaijani forces exchanged fire for hours starting late July 19 near the Armenian town of Yeraskh, on the border of Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan exclave, an area that had previously seen little tension. The firing included grenade launchers, the Armenian Ministry of Defense reported. Among the wounded was the mayor of Yeraskh.
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Azerbaijani government silent on phone spying revelations

The Azerbaijani authorities have remained virtually silent on an explosive report that the government has been spying on the phones of hundreds of journalists and opposition figures. On July 18, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) published an investigation reporting that 50,000 phone numbers in 24 countries were accessed...
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Azerbaijan says solder killed by Armenian sniper across border

BAKU (Reuters) – Azerbaijan on Friday said an Armenian sniper had killed one of its soldier at the border between the two countries and that its army was taking response measures. Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said in a statement the incident took place at the part of the border formed by...
Jamestown Foundation

Tensions Escalate Again in Armenian-Azerbaijani Relations

On July 15, the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan reported that Armenia’s Armed Forces had attacked positions of the Azerbaijani Army in the direction of the recently liberated Kalbajar region (, July 15). The attack, conducted “using small arms,” was met with retaliation by the Azerbaijani side, which suffered no causalities as a result of the exchange, according to the ministry’s press release.

Azerbaijan hands over 15 Armenian prisoners in return for minefield maps

BAKU, July 3 (Reuters) - Azerbaijan handed over 15 prisoners of Armenian origin to Armenia on Saturday in return for maps detailing the locations of 92,000 anti-tank and anti-personnel mines, Azerbaijan's foreign ministry said. Ethnic Armenian and Azeri forces fought a bloody conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave last year that...
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Armenian Soldier Killed on Border With Azerbaijan - Defence Ministry

MOSCOW (Reuters) -An Armenian soldier was killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Armenia's defence ministry said. It said the soldier was killed when Azeri forces fired at Armenian servicemen who had tried to prevent Azerbaijan carrying out "fortification works" at the border.

What’s the future of Azerbaijan’s “ancestral lands” in Armenia?

“In Armenia they now say that Ilham Aliyev is making territorial claims,” Ilham Aliyev, the president of Azerbaijan, complained in a speech this week. He then neglected to deny that he was making territorial claims. So: Is Azerbaijan making territorial claims against Armenia?. It’s hard to say, which was no...

Azerbaijani journalist Sevinj Vagifgizi was ‘astonished’ to learn of Pegasus spyware on phone

Azerbaijani authorities have long had a firm grip on the media by imprisoning, harassing, and persecuting journalists both at home and abroad as well as blocking their websites. Now authorities are alleged to have used a new tool in their quest to muzzle independent reporting: spyware. Several Azerbaijani journalists have been named in the collaborative investigation Pegasus Project as possible targets of Pegasus spyware produced by the Israeli company NSO Group.