French military diplomacy treads carefully in South Caucasus
By planning to appoint a new French defence attaché in Yerevan, France aims to bring Armenia closer to the West. But in a region torn between multiple antagonistic forces, this new role would have to be carried out with care.
US company that lobbied for Azerbaijan now working for Armenian opposition group
The Livingston Group, which was founded by former Republican figures and worked regularly in the past for the Azerbaijani government, is offering its services to the leaders of Armenia's opposition National Democratic Alliance, who are currently touring the United States.
Armenia plans security apparatus overhaul under watchful eyes of neighbours
Armenia's 2023 budget discussions bring back into the public debate the creation of an external intelligence service, at a time of instability in the political and security environment in the region.
Russia pushes for defence focus within Eurasia's block
Despite tensions between the heads of the CSTO, a Eurasian alliance intended to act as a counterweight to NATO, Russia plans to have its member states focus on defence through more concrete action away from political declarations.
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Caucasian intelligence keeps watch on para-diplomacy initiative for Karabakh conciliation
As Baku and Yerevan take tentative steps towards reconciliation on a path disrupted by skirmishes on the front-line, an EU-funded Dutch NGO led by a British consultant is trying to use para-diplomacy to help bring the two countries closer together.
Russia's FSB tightens its grip in Armenia
After its invason of Ukraine, European governments are nervous about Moscow stirring separatist tensions in other countries, such as Moldova. But the Caucasus remains the sensitive spot, with Russia strengthening its ties with Armenia's intelligence services.
The fate of Nagorno-Karabakh hinges on the war in Ukraine Free
Baku is walking on eggshells trying to maintain a delicate diplomatic equilibrium between the normalisation process begun with Yerevan, its partnership with Turkey and a brand new rapprochment with Moscow. Meanwhile, on the ground, an information war is quietly being waged.