Israel’s own military-industrial complex has evolved through a series of stages going back to pre-statehood days. Currently, it is among the globe’s leading weapons exporters and, as such, appears to be expanding both its client list and its “test sites” for showcasing its wares.
Dwarfed by its regional neighbors, Azerbaijan remains an important cog in the Eurasian machine. Home to rich energy resources and situated at an important geostrategic crossroads, it’s clear that the tiny Eurasian state is becoming a geopolitical faultline.
From left, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, President of Iran Hassan Ruhani, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliev and Russian President Vladimir Putin press a symbolic button to release some young belugas (white sturgeons) to the Volga river, during the Caspian Summit in Astrakhan,