Dr. Alexander Murinson

The Ties Between Israel and Azerbaijan

| October 26, 2014

Since gaining independence in 1991, Azerbaijan has emerged as one of Israel’s closest friends in the Muslim world. Israeli-Azerbaijani ties have expanded to include oil and weapon supplies, as well as cooperation in information technology, medicine, water purification and agriculture.


Turkish Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century

| September 1, 2012

Inspired by Foreign Minister Davutoğlu’s Strategic Depth doctrine, Turkey has pursued a more active role in the Middle East and surrounding region. Bucking the trend of Turkey’s secular Kemalist legacy, the government seeks to revive the glory of the Ottoman Empire and establish itself as a global power. The study examines the reasons behind Turkey’s shift in policy, discusses Turkey’s role in the “Arab Spring,” and assesses regional and global ramifications.


Strategic Realignment and Energy Security in the Eastern Mediterranean

| January 9, 2012

The recent discovery of substantial natural gas fields in Israeli and Cypriot territorial waters challenge Turkey’s claim as the central energy hub for Europe. Greece, Israel and Cyprus should increase their strategic cooperation in order to counter Turkish hostility.


Iran Targets Azerbaijan

| June 23, 2010

Israeli-Azerbaijani trade, security and diplomatic ties have raised Iran’s ire and exposed Azerbaijan and the Israeli assets there to terrorist threats.