‘Great Britain against Russia in the Caucasus’ Preface

‘Great Britain against Russia in the Caucasus’ is about how the geopolitical relationship between Imperial Britain and Tsarist Russia had a transformative effect on the destinies of Ottoman Turks, Armenians and Azerbaijanis. From the Great War of August 1914, the course of history for these empires and peoples of Transcaucasia, was irrevocably altered and set […]

New Publication: ‘Great Britain against Russia in the Caucasus: Ottoman Turks, Armenians and Azerbaijanis caught up in Geopolitics, War and Revolution.’

For most of the 19th Century Great Britain and Tsarist Russia confronted each other in a geopolitical struggle known as the Great Game. During this period Britain supported the Ottoman Empire as a giant buffer state against Russian expansion toward the Mediterranean. But in 1907 the Great Game against Russia was suddenly suspended in the […]

Pashinyan and the Lost Treaty of Sevres

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, has been addressing a Conference in Yerevan to celebrate the lost Treaty of Sevres. He made a statement at that conference praising the lost Treaty of August 1920 and indicated that he would like to see it revived from the dead, presumably to carve up […]

Armenia Unbalanced

The flare up of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which has resulted in a number of military and civilian deaths and fears of a new war in the region, is all about Armenia and its unbalancing since the coming to power of its present Prime Minister, Nicol Pashinyan. There is a strong tendency in the […]

The Tsar’s Last War on the Ottomans

A few years ago I obtained a copy of Sean McMeekin’s book ‘The Russian origins of the First World War’. It is certainly a very interesting read, particularly because it looks at something that Western histories neglect about the Great War – the role of Czarist Russia. Czarist Russia, of course, collapsed in its waging […]

The Talaat Pasha Question

A recent book by Professor Hans Lukas Keiser ‘Talaat Pasha: Father of Modern Turkey, Architect of Genocide’ has the objective of establishing Talaat as the chief orchestrator of the event the author calls the “Armenian Genocide” and to establish him alongside Ataturk as “The Father of Modern Turkey. Prof Keiser makes the case that the […]

“Erməni Soyqırımı” haqqında düşüncələr

Alim qondarma erməni soyqırımı haqqında iddiaların çürük olduğunu bildirib ABŞ-da qondarma “erməni soyqırımı” ilə bağlı Türkiyəyə yönəlik qaralama kampaniyası aparan siyasi dairələrə və qeyri-hökumət təşkilatlarına qarşı diaspora xidməti göstərən və 2008-ci ildə Nyu-Yorkda qurulan Türk-Amerikan Təhlükəsizlik Fondu (TASFO) bununla əlaqədar Qərb tarixçiləri ilə reportajlar həyata keçirir. Təşkilatın mövzu ətrafında söhbət apardığı ekspertlərdən biri də irlandiyalı […]

Why Baku Fell to the Soviets a Century ago today

A hundred years ago an event of great geopolitical significance occurred – the fall of Baku and the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Red Army. When the question is asked: why did this happen it is usually answered with an explanation of how it happened, neatly side-stepping the actual issue why? It seems to be […]