Watch CBSN Live

Country Fast Facts:Azerbaijan


moveClock(); //function call


Azerbaijan - a nation with a Turkic and majority-Muslim population - was briefly independent from 1918 to 1920; it regained its independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Despite a 1994 cease-fire, Azerbaijan has yet to resolve its conflict with Armenia over the Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh enclave (largely Armenian populated).

Azerbaijan has lost 16 percent of its territory and must support some 600,000 internally displaced persons as a result of the conflict.

Corruption is ubiquitous, and the promise of widespread wealth from Azerbaijan's undeveloped petroleum resources remains largely unfulfilled.

Source: CIA World Fact Book