Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev (left) meets with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran in November 2017. Baku is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing Iranian manipulation of Azerbaijan’s Shia Muslim believers. (Photo: Azerbaijani Presidential Press Service)
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev (left) meets with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran in November 2017. Baku is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing Iranian manipulation of Azerbaijan’s Shia Muslim believers. (Photo: Azerbaijani Presidential Press Service)

Azerbaijan’s government is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing Iranian manipulation of the country’s Shia Muslim believers.