“Brussels and the Land of Fire: A brief overview of the development of the EU-Azerbaijan Relations”, Daniel Weißenrieder (IEP, Grmany)

Daniel Weißenrieder elaborates in his paper the history of the 25-year relationship of the EU with Azerbaijan which is characterized by common interests, but also by contentious issues such as corruption, the human rights situation, authoritarian trends and the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Weißenrieder also discusses the role of other actors in the region that need to be considered, like Russia, China, Turkey and Iran. The paper concludes that it needs to be seen to what extend and on which fields the currently negotiated new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) will impact the relations and the situation in the EU’s most remote Eastern Partnership country.

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