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Pointing out that Western economies have a strong interest in the region’s oil and gas resources, this article points out that current developments in Azerbaijan suggest that energy is being bought at the cost of Western principles and values. In light of recent developments that suggest deterioration of Azerbaijan’s democratic credentials, this article argues that the women in Azerbaijan’s civil society should be supported more in their struggle for democracy. It also makes the point that development aid to Azerbaijan will be more effective if more women are actively involved in economic activities.

 

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Foreword Following the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, there had been a shared sense of hope for a more peaceful future for the European continent. Unfortunately, this comfortability disappeared after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to march against the Ukrainian forces throughout the border on 24 February 2022. This marked a turning point not only for the...
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