Democratization and the Rule of Law in Azerbaijan: Europe’s Relevance
The period of continuing political and economic instability following Azerbaijan’s independence from the Soviet Union has resulted in limited progress in state building, democratization and the construction of the rule of law. The usual challenges facing transition countries have been compounded by, among other things, the ongoing conflict over Nagorno Karabakh and the difficulties faced in managing oil reserves.1 However, a great incentive to make democratic and legal progress is the possibility of closer ties with Europe. This chapter outlines the state of the rule of law and democratization in Azerbaijan today and considers prospects for reform through dialogue with Europe. In this regard, it focuses on Azerbaijan’s relationship with the European Union (EU), but also considers other aspects of the European relationship, including Azerbaijan’s membership in the Council of Europe.
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