Baku is the one island of stability on which Europe can count — yet even this is in danger if Europe cannot keep its attention focused on real concerns.
The resolution of the ongoing Armenian war crime in Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding territories remains Azerbaijan’s most obvious need.
No state is perfect; a reform movement suggests not just a need for change, but a desire for it. We should applaud and encourage those nations that actually try, rather than focusing on their failings and ignoring their successes.
Two years ago, it would have seemed that Baku was a favored ally; today, with Washington’s lurching friend-is-foe approach to policy, the ground appears less certain.
It is time to send a message to Armenia: That the ills of today must be cured long before any talk of the past can be addressed.
Slowly but surely, a time of reckoning is approaching. The small crimes highlight the larger one of the occupation; and, very soon, the excuses will run out, leaving Armenia’s wrongs recognized by the world.
Today, we have even more questions than answers — questions that pose real hurdles to Yunus’s nomination.
Azerbaijan and the West are growing closer, while Armenia has chosen the path of Russia and Vladimir Putin’s vassal state.
The questions we asked — and the answers we found — are obvious and troubling. They demand further investigation before Yunus could be seriously considered for the prestigious Sakharov Prize.
Yunus is potentially one of the most flawed candidates to be nominated for the Sakharov Prize in its history; and the sudden spotlight on her raises more questions than it answers.