CEPA article – Azerbaijan: Linchpin of the Caucasus Janusz Bugajski
Western observers criticized Azerbaijan’s parliamentary elections on November 1st for falling short of democratic standards. A crackdown on journalists and human rights activists and a boycott of the elections by several opposition parties indicates that the country is faltering in the democratization process. However, logic indicates that the most effective way to positively influence the country’s development is not by isolating the government and enabling even more intrusive Russian influence, but by intensifying cooperation where common ground can be found, particularly in the security arena.
Link to external source: www.cepa.org/content/azerbaijan-linchpin-caucasus