Bookmark and Share

Ирано-Азербайджанские отношения в первый год президентства М. Хатами

Iran-Azerbaijan Relations During the First Year of M. Khatami's Presidency
[journal article]

Sidorov, Ivan

fulltextDownloadDownload full text

(external source)

Citation Suggestion

Please use the following Persistent Identifier (PID) to cite this document:http://dx.doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2015.6.2

Further Details
Abstract The article is devoted to the study of the Iran-Azerbaijan relations during the first year of Muhammad Khatami’s presidency. The main task of the research is to follow the evolution of Iran-Azerbaijan relations during that period, to describe the most important events of these relations and to find an answer to the question why such a successful beginning of the period led Iran and Azerbaijan to the verge of a diplomatic catastrophe. The coming of the liberal president Khatami to power in Iran created an opportunity to overcome mutual mistrust in the Iran-Azerbaijan relations and to direct them into a constructive course. The fact that in 1997-1998 Iran and Azerbaijan foreign policy agendas partly coincided also contributed to this concept. The first serious attempts to stabilize the Iran-Azerbaijan relations were made during the eighth OIC summit in Tehran, when Iran initiated passing of several documents, condemning the actions of Armenia in the Karabakh conflict. However, this proved insufficient to stabilize the relationship. Soon, because of problems in ethnic and energy spheres the Iran-Azerbaijan relations began rapidly to deteriorate. The priority given to relations with the United States by Azerbaijan served as an additional source of irritation for Iran. That eventually became the main reason for Iran to change its position on the international legal status of the Caspian Sea that created the basis for Iranian claims to Azerbaijan oilfields. In three years dramatic events of the first year of Khatami presidency led Iran and Azerbaijan to a military conflict in the Caspian Sea when Iranian warships drove away Azerbaijan research vessels from a contract zone Araz-Alov-Sharg.
Keywords Iran; Azerbaijan; international relations; bilateral relations; political conflict; foreign policy; Middle East
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Document language Russian
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 17-23
Journal Science Journal of Volgograd State University: History - Area Studies - International Relations (2015) 6
ISSN 1998-9938
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution