Alman Mir – Ismail

Alman Mir Ismail is a Baku-based freelance writer.

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Articles by Alman Mir – Ismail

Kazan Summit Breaks Hearts In Baku

Despite continued failures of the peace talks during the last 17 years (since the ceasefire agreement was signed in 1994), every new meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents raises high

Karabakh Deadlock: Future Uncertainties

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit in Astana in early December 2010, was a symbolic showcase for the year-long failed negotiations on Karabakh. Azerbaijan’s President, Ilham

Azerbaijan Opens New Water Pipeline

After almost four years of construction, the Oguz-Gabala-Baku water pipeline was inaugurated on December 28, 2010. Costing almost $1 billion, the pipeline is already termed by many in Azerbaijan as

US-Azerbaijani Relations Cooling

The end of 2009 saw a significant cooling of relations between the United States and Azerbaijan. Frustration in Baku with Washington’s policies, if not addressed, might significantly damage the bilateral

RUSSIAN-AZERBAIJAN RELATIONS: TIME FOR A GRAND BARGAIN?

The Georgian-Russian conflict in early August brought negative economic and humanitarian consequences for the South Caucasus. Carefully built East-West transport and energy corridors have come under question. Recognition of Abkhazia

AZERBAIJAN’S OPPOSITION CRUMBLES AFTER ELECTIONS

After their humiliating losses during the November 6 parliamentary elections, Azerbaijan's opposition has entered a predictable period of in-fighting and collapse. Many local analysts had predicted that with no tangible

IS THE WEST LOSING AZERBAIJAN?

The November 26 post-election violence in Baku marked the end of Western influence in Azerbaijan. After being severely beaten and humiliated by police forces, the pro-Western Azerbaijani opposition has no

INTERNATIONAL MONITORS SPLIT OVER AZERBAIJAN ELECTIONS

The November 6 parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan drew significant international attention, partly driven by the desire to see if another democratic "color revolution" would take place in the post-Soviet region.

ALIYEV ISSUES NEW DECREES TO IMPROVE ELECTION TRANSPARENCY

A combination of international pressure and domestic tension has forced the Azerbaijani authorities to make several significant concessions regarding the November 6 parliamentary elections. Speaking at the October 25 governmental

GULIYEV STOPPED BEFORE REACHING BAKU

As Azerbaijan's November 6 parliamentary elections draw near, public interest in election-related events has increased dramatically. Perhaps counting on this heightened public attention, the chairman of the Azerbaijan Democratic Party

AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT FINALLY INVITED TO WASHINGTON

On June 7, Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov made a sensational announcement. According to him, President Ilham Aliev plans an official visit to the United States, and Azerbaijan's ambassador to