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Episode 17. Nagorno Karabakh (Armenia vs Azerbaijan)

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In the South Caucasus between Armenia and Azerbaijan lies an island of Armenians in the middle of Azerbaijan, two countries now firmly at war with each other. The Armenians have invaded and now occupy a quarter of the Azeris territory, but they assert are only doing to protect their people from the government who threatens to "cleanse" the pocket of Armenians. A complicated conflict with Russia selling to both sides and Turkey (and therefore NATO) obligated to defend the other, this war is a classic situation of "the tail wagging the dog". Will we see another 1914 with a small mountain nation dragging the great powers into war?



Svamte Cornell

  • Institute for Security and Development

Tyrone Shaw

  • Conflict Zone Author

Thomas De Waal

  • Carnegie Europe


The Red Line's Nagorno Karabakh Reading List:

We’ve put together some further reading for those of you looking for more resources to help you get across the geopolitics of the Nagorno Karabakh region.




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