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Azerbaijan Looks to Thaw Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Through Targeted Diplomacy

Azerbaijan is taking its turn as the Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and is attempting to put its own stamp on the body’s policy and pronouncements.

Azerbaijan, Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and the New Security Paradigm

The comparison between Nagorno-Karabakh and Crimea — sham elections, displaced persons, and Russian military behind it all — is too obvious for even international affairs reporters to miss.

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.