To sum it up, the common security challenges for Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan in the geographically complicated and constrained Eurasian heartland push these countries to follow somewhat similar policies towards the Syria crisis and other challenges. Both countries are also bound by a common interest in implementation of regional economic and transportation projects in and throughout the heartland of Eurasia, like the recent important agreement between Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia on an East-West transportation route.
Dr. Farhad Mammadov is the director of Center for Strategic Studies under the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Image: Azerbaijani soldiers at a 2010 parade in Moscow. Kremlin.ru/TASS