AREA86,600 sq km
GDP56,773 milion € (2013)
INFLATION1,8% (2014)
MEDIAN AGE30 years

Baku’s great ambitions

By re-electing Ilham Aliyev, the country moves on, weaving its path between Russia, Turkey and the West, thanks to its role as an energy producer.
Riccardo Intini

Azerbaijan, selective abortion generates too many males

Western technology meets Islamic misogyny in a country confused by the present.
Nicoletta Pisanu

War drums again in the “Black Garden” of the Caucasus

The fragile truce between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh weakens
Francesco Guarascio

For the EU, Baku’s Line is Dead

Azerbaijan has slowly but forcefully established itself as the leading energy force in the Caucuses and in the Caspian Sea basin. But disputes over contested territories and suspicions over motives keep Baku from forging stronger EU ties. The sticking points are Turkey, Armenia and the future of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Igor Fiatti

The Caucasus, Mountains of Wars and Legends

A labyrinth of faith and folly. A pandemonium of peoples and forgotten languages. Where various faiths have co-existed harmoniously for centuries; a harmony that is taken for granted. The strangest and most difficult border in Europe. One that everyone would like to move as far as possible to the southeast, to feel more European. But it takes only one meter beyond the Iranian border, and no one is ashamed of not belonging to the Ancient Continent...
Monika Bulaj