The World Bank’s ease of doing business index incentives countries to do whatever they can to improve their ranking.
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Allegations that World Bank officials manipulated country rankings in its much-used ease of doing business index highlight a deeper problem with these types of rankings.
Armenian troops suffered a crushing defeat in the Second Karabakh War in 2020.
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Facing political turmoil, a weak and unpopular prime minister and indifferent allies in Moscow, Armenia faces an unpalatable choice.
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Climate change means more water is evaporating than is flowing in.
The Ghazanchetsots Cathedral was damaged earlier this year during fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
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A peace deal brokered by Russia ended the war on Nov. 9, but the rich architectural heritage of the region is still at risk.
Soldiers patrol the mountainous, disputed border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh, on Nov. 8.
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Each side in the bloody Nagorno-Karabakh conflict accuses the other of war crimes. Such allegations attract foreign attention and possibly intervention, but rarely lead to a peaceful solution.
Conflict as export industry: French Armenians protest the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
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A new ceasefire is unlikely to stop clashes between the warring expat communities around the world.
Houses, allegedly destroyed by shelling, in Ganja, Nagorno Karabakh.
Armenia and Azerbaijan are fighting over the contested territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. But what do the people who live there want?
Armenia soldiers allegedly firing on Azeri forces during clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh.
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As fighting continues between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, neighbouring Iran has offered to mediate.
Still from an Azerbaijan Defence Ministry video allegedly shows Azerbaijan’s artillery fire towards Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Renewed conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh is rooted as much in the past as it is the present.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (R) of Arsenal vies for the ball against Tottenham Hotspur’s Jan Vertonghen in March 2019.
Arsenal’s Armenian star will not travel to Baku in Azerbaijan for the clash with Chelsea – and nor will many of the clubs’ fans.
Because male migrants earn more money to send back home than females, families in some post-communist countries are strongly tempted to use sex-selective abortion to improve their lives.
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Breeding young men for export has never been a successful economic development strategy. Policies that improve local labour market opportunities could increase the status of women.
Arsenal FC’s new sponsor is Rwanda.
Political ethics and sports don’t match well. The recent deal between Rwanda and Arsenal is potentially a case in point.
The European Investment Bank’s funding of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline will harm the climate and makes little financial sense.
Murdered investigative journalist Daphne Carauna Galizia, outside the Libyan embassy in Valletta, Malta.
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Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been killed in Malta – but we must accept that corruption is a problem for all of Europe.
An artillery position of the self-defense army of Nagorno-Karabakh.
After more than 20 years of tenuous ceasefire, Nagorno-Karabakh is once again the centre of a violent conflict. And its people haven’t exactly had their say.
The Caucasus are more important and more connected today than in the 1990s, and a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan could create chaos for Europe.
A thousand flowers cannot bloom at Baku.
Unlike the Women’s World Cup in Canada, in Baku no one will see the strides forward for women’s sport.
Map of the region
Tensions are high along the Nagorno-Karabakh/Azerbaijan border in the South Caucasus. But despite longstanding ethnic tensions, examples of cultural cooperation show a capacity for peace.
Brinkmanship is back.
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As tensions run high over Russia’s gas supplies to the Ukraine, and by extension parts of Europe, the reality for the EU is less than perfect: it will need Russian gas for the foreseeable future.
Vladimir Putin with Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, in Baku in 2013.
For this latest instalment in our series on Russia’s relations with its neighbours, we turn to the oil-rich nation of Azerbaijan. Rovshan Ibrahimov argues that the country has rebounded from plumbing lows…