Azerbaijan’s involvement in international terrorism

South Caucasus: Regional conflicts and challenges

  • Kristne Margaryan American University of Armenia
Keywords: International terrorism, Azerbaijan, Salafi sm, Radicalization, Islamization.


The Islamic revival in Azerbaijan gave a start to the processes of radicalization and the society’s involvement in international terrorism. The radicalization was the result of both domestic and external factors. Under the domestic factors, the study examined the policy measures towards the religious belief and activities, and such external factors as Iranian, North Caucasian and Middle Eastern influences. What analysis has shown is the increased tendency of radicalization. Oppressive policy measures restricted freedoms of the society making them more radicalized. In addition, in line with having imposed restrictions people are becoming more vulnerable to external religious influence. A number of Azerbaijanis continue staying in the ranks of terrorist groups, while others leave the country for reviving the training and afterwards joining the terrorist groups. All those findings suggest that there are prospects of further radicalization, which push the society towards the involvement in international terrorism.

Author Biography

Kristne Margaryan, American University of Armenia


Kristne Margaryan

MA in Political Science and International Affairs, American University of Armenia. The main field of research is International Relations with the emphasis on South Caucasus region and Armenia-Azerbaijan relations.