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Confidence Games: Azerbaijan, the European Olympics, and the West

June 12, 2015, Andrew Moffatt, Fiona Hill and Kemal Kirişci

The first-ever European Games are set to open today in Azerbaijan, and the government hopes they will stand as a testament to the country's socio-economic transformation over the last decade. But the government has also come under criticism for persecuting and jailing journalists, civil society activists, opposition politicians, and others. Can international respectability be bought with sports?

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