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Military Conflict Escalating in Nagorno-Karabakh

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by Left Coast, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. Left Coast

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    In an effort to balance the incessant discussion of the US election around here, I thought I would draw our attention to another important story.

    An escalating military conflict is going on between Armenia and Azerbaijan in a region called Nagorno-Karabakh. It's a region technically recognized as part of Azerbaijian, but the population is predominantly ethnically Armenian. The region has been under dispute between the two countries for years.

    Nagorno-Karabakh dispute: Armenia, Azerbaijan standoff explained

    Recent conflict has worsened as both sides have claimed shots have been fired by the other side across their border.


    Leaders from both sides have rejected the possibility of peace talks.

    Azerbaijan and Armenia reject talks as Karabakh conflict zone spreads

    The region is apparently of interest internationally because of oil and gas pipelines that run through the region (Russia is a major fossil fuel exporter).

    This is not a conflict I know much about, so if anyone else has insights or other information, I'd love to hear it.
     
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    As your articles explain, this conflict goes back decades. It was suppressed during the Soviet Union, but once that power declined, the rivalries escalated again.

    The basic problem, as far as I can see, is that we have two communities defined by culture and language with corresponding 'countries' associated with them. BUT, there is an enclave within one that has the culture of the other. That enclave wants to be with their culture, not with their geography.

    I recall things being particularly bad there in the early 1990's when the USSR fell.

    As I recall, there is also a religious component to the cultural differences: Armenia is Christian and Azerbaijan is mostly Islamic.
     
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    I forgot about the religious division, thanks for mentioning that.
     
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    It's worth noting that the reasons for the conflict are not only ethnic and religious and historical, but also financial.

    And it's also a proxy war with Turkey vs Russia as well.
     
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    How Azerbaijan is Lobbying Washington to Sanitize its War | The American Conservative

    Here's an op-ed on the situation as it relates to the US: Azerbaijan is evidently spending quite a bit of money paying for lobbying firms to write favorable pieces for them in both right and left-wing American media outlets. Reportedly Armenia has also done so but on a much smaller scale. The US provides military aid to both Azerbaijan and Turkey, a NATO member.
     
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