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The Slow Plod to War

A recent Armenian offensive along the border — after a steady uptick in violence over the last few years — is a sign that peace is no longer in danger of breaking out.

Europe Needs a New Eastern Partnership Strategy

The Eastern Partnership failed because it was not an Eastern Partnership, it was an Eastern Condescension.

Azerbaijan’s Westward Drive

That Azerbaijan held a clean, orderly election among so many difficulties is a tribute to a nation once firmly under the Soviet thumb.

Frozen Conflicts Still in Danger of Thaw: Nagorno-Karabakh Leaks Back into the Spotlight

This is the truth of frozen conflicts: they are interwoven with everything they touch, and so when they thaw, they are all the harder to end.

Possible Dam Failure Augurs a Dark New Chapter in Nagorno-Karabakh

An unresolved war leaves behind corpses that keep rotting. To carry the gruesome metaphor just a bit farther, the danger of rotting corpses is that they spread the death they signify; this is no less true of dying infrastructure than of decomposing human flesh.

Russian Ties and Hegemonic Aspirations Raise Tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh

As long as Russia backs Yerevan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict — with troops, wealth, and diplomatic efforts — the pressure in the region will continue to rise. For the sake of the millions all around, Russia’s role must cease.

Armenia’s Opening of Khojaly Airport an Invitation to War

To allow Armenia to establish purportedly legitimate symbols of sovereignty on soil the world recognizes as Azerbaijani is to take the already-fragile peace process in which the two countries have been engaged and ceremoniously set it ablaze.

Azerbaijan a Staunch Ally in a Sea of Fire

While noting that Baku still has some distance to go, Stanley Weiss points out that while Azerbaijan’s strategic importance is unquestionable, the Obama Administration is nevertheless allowing the relationship to deteriorate.

Resolution Condemning Pardon of Ramil Safarov Embarrasses European Parliament

Safarov’s pardon and victory celebration were frankly unbecoming a modern nation, but the ridiculous European Parliament resolution is yet another reminder of the deep scars borne by Azerbaijan as a result of the Armenian occupation.

Armenia’s Sham Elections in Nagorno-Karabakh Make Peace Less Likely

The elections are either a profoundly unwise gamble that Azerbaijan will remain quiescent and the Minsk Group forgiving (at least until the region’s independence is a ​fait accompli​) or a story of Armenia losing control of the forces it put in motion.