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Azerbaijan becomes regional transportation hub

Azerbaijan becomes regional transportation hub

Recent geo-political processes in the South Caucasus and around the world significantly affect Eurasia’s transportation network by changing the roles and positions of its participants

Trans-Caspian International Transport Route may become alternative to Suez Canal

Trans-Caspian International Transport Route may become alternative to Suez Canal

The Trans-Caspian International Transport Route came in the spotlight after one of the world’s largest container ships, Ever Given, lodged in the Suez Canal, halting maritime traffic for a week and causing billions of dollars in losses, Caspian News writes. The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and provides the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe, with about 12 percent of total global trade moving through it

Turkey-Azerbaijan trade to reach $15B

Turkey-Azerbaijan trade to reach $15B

An increase in the mutual investments and commissioning of a free trade agreement (FTA) could easily pave the way for Turkey and Azerbaijan to reach as much as $15 billion (TL 121 billion) in bilateral trade volume, Turkey’s Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said Friday. Pekcan's remarks came as she and the accompanying delegation arrived in Baku to meet with Azerbaijani officials and hold talks on bilateral relations, Daily Sabah writes

Azerbaijan and China: reasons for  mutual interest

Azerbaijan and China: reasons for mutual interest

April 2 marks the 29th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Azerbaijan. The two countries know that they need each other, and as worthy and trusted members of the international community, they honestly and conscientiously fulfill all their obligations towards each other. In particular, Azerbaijan and China recognize each other's territorial integrity and wholly reject separatism, CGTN writes

Nakhchivan prepares South Caucasus for railway revolution

Nakhchivan prepares South Caucasus for railway revolution

A new rail line connecting Azerbaijan with its exclave of Nakhchivan promises to revolutionize transportation in the Caucasus and could have broad ramifications further afield, David O’Byrne, an Istanbul-based journalist who covers energy, writes for Eurasianet. In February, a camouflage-clad Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev laid the foundation for a new 100-kilometer stretch of railroad across southern Azerbaijan, along the Iranian border, in territory that Azerbaijan took back from Armenia after the war last year. “This railroad has enormous strategic significance,” he said

Azerbaijan may become link between Turkey and China

Azerbaijan may become link between Turkey and China

Ankara appears to be reconsidering its previous feeble attempts at staking a place on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Eurasainet writes.  In 2015, Turkey proposed itself as the starting point for a "Middle Corridor" – stretching through the Caucasus and Central Asia – on the BRI, calling it the fastest route between China and Europe. Turkey worked with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to facilitate trans-Caspian Sea routes and opened the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway across the Caucasus in 2017

Nakhichevan corridor needs delicate geopolitical balancing

Nakhichevan corridor needs delicate geopolitical balancing

In Moscow last week, President Vladimir Putin hosted the prime minister of Armenia and the president of Azerbaijan. It was the first meeting of the three leaders since the end of the six-week-long war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region last …

Turkey outfoxed China and becomes rising Eurasian power

Turkey outfoxed China and becomes rising Eurasian power

Turkey's decision to provide an unprecedented level of military assistance to Azerbaijan empowered Baku to achieve a resounding victory in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War, changing the geopolitical rules of the game in the South Caucasus. …

Who will benefit from building Nakhichevan corridor

Who will benefit from building Nakhichevan corridor

From the perspective of Eurasian connectivity, the Nakhchivan corridor could become part of both north-south and east-west transport corridors that get through the South Caucasus, writes Orkhan Baghirov, a leading advisor at the Center of Analysis of International Relations (AIR Center) in Baku

Taleh Ziyadov: "The opening of all communications between Armenia and Azerbaijan will boost the economic significance of the region as a whole"

Taleh Ziyadov: "The opening of all communications between Armenia and Azerbaijan will boost the economic significance of the region as a whole"

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire that grants Turkey joint monitoring rights. This framework formalises cooperation between the two regional powers, a development that has significant political implications for Georgia, the US, and the EU, former Georgian Ambassador to US Tedo Japaridze writes in the article Can Armenia and Azerbaijan win peace together? for Brussels Morning