Azerbaijan’s New Law on Status of Armed Forces: Changes and Implications

by Zaur Shiriyev A draft law on the “Status of the Armed Forces” was introduced by the Parliamentary Committee on Defense, Security and Anti-Corruption in mid-November, and on 1 December it was heard by Parliament. The amendments were adopted upon a second hearing with a majority vote on 15 December. The issue was first on the agenda back in … Read more Azerbaijan’s New Law on Status of Armed Forces: Changes and Implications

The Elections and Kyrgyz-Kazakh Complications

By Shairbek Juraev Can an exercise of democratic elections jeopardize a nation’s foreign relations? Not necessarily, but when combined with the non-democratic exercise of foreign policy, it probably can. The 2017 presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, much praised as a rare case of peaceful power transfer from one elected leader to another in Central Asia, has also gained … Read more The Elections and Kyrgyz-Kazakh Complications

What Dreams May Come for Those that Dream of Europe

By Yaroslava Babych If four years ago, someone suggested that a relatively small student protest camp in Ukraine, violently dispersed overnight by police , would have a profound influence on European history, many would simply laugh at the thought. For many years, EU policymakers have been walking a tightrope between integrating neighboring countries into its … Read more What Dreams May Come for Those that Dream of Europe