On June 27, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin received a letter from his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, expressing Turkey’s willingness to restore ties with Russia. Immediately, Gazprom spokesperson Sergey Kupriyanov announced his company’s openness to dialogue with Ankara on the construction of the “Turkish Stream” natural gas pipeline. Turkish Prime Minister Binali...

  The recent trilateral meeting (Azerbaijan-Iran-Russia) in Baku seems to open new prospects for the region. The Politicon interviews Mr. Alex Vatanka, a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute and the Jamestown Foundation in Washington D.C, specialist in Iranian and Caucasian policies on the significance of the meeting and discussed projects.   Interviewer: Fuad Shahbazov    ...

Early August marked intensified activities among Russia, Turkey, Iran and South Caucasian countries. The visit of the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow amidst these developments bring more questions. Mr. Heydar Mirza, an expert in foreign policy and security studies with focus on the South Caucasus and Caspian region, shares his opinion on the...

The July 29 announcement by Jabhat al-Nusra on severing affiliation ties with Al Qaeda and changing its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham came as a blessing for Qatar, which for a long time has tried to encourage the group of making such a move. Doha is interested in using the significant fighting capabilities of al-Nusra on the ground to pursue one of its foreign policy goals in the Middle East – the...

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