Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan’s thawing of the ‘frozen conflict’

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The contested Nagorno-Karabakh region is at the heart of a decades-long armed standoff between neighbours Armenia and Azerbaijan. The heavy clashes seen last week prompted fears that the dispute could spark yet again another war in the region. Host Mark Leonard is joined by Nicu Popescu, head of ECFR’s Wider Europe programmeECFR’s Turkey expert Asli Aydıntaşbaş and Sophia Pugsley, Caucasus Regional Manager at International AlertThey explain the background to this conflict, why it flared up again and talk about the situation on the ground. What kind of roles do Turkey and Russia play in the recent fights? Should the EU interfere, and if yes, how?  

Further reading: “A hill here, a village thereNagorno-Karabakh and the salami-slicing wars”, by Nicu Popescu: buff.ly/3joH77w  

This podcast was recorded on 30 September 2020. 

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