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A man looks at the mountains from the Gandzasar Monastery in Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh separatist region. (BRENDAN HOFFMAN/Getty Images)

In the Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict, a Small Mountain Outpost Can Make a Big Difference

Nagorno-Karabakh is not the only area that bears watching on the two countries' volatile border. Read more…

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, President Hassan Rouhani and Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov attend the opening session of a two-day conference of the Economic Cooperation Organization. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

After Sanctions, Iran's Growing Role in the Caucasus

With the end of sanctions on Iran, Russia will have more competition in the Caucasus region. Read more…

An oil pump in Baku, Azerbaijan. (TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid Low Oil Prices, Azerbaijan Braces for Protests

Baku is not immune to economic pain from falling oil prices, or the unrest it inevitably brings. Read more…