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War & Peace: Ground Reality in Nagorno-Karabakh
War & Peace: Ground Reality in Nagorno-Karabakh

War & Peace: Ground Reality in Nagorno-Karabakh

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Hugh Pope talk to Olesya Vartanyan, Crisis Group's Analyst for the South Caucasus region, about the tensions that existed before the conflict erupted and the current deadlock that has isolated Armenians and Azerbaijanis from one another.

Season 1 Episode 10: Ground Reality in Nagorno-Karabakh 

The dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh is the longest-running conflict that accompanied the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. War over the territory broke out in 1992 between Armenians and Azerbaijanis.  A ceasefire was brokered in 1994, but decades of negotiations have failed to resolve the conflict.

Our guest this week is Olesya Vartanyan, Crisis Group’s Analyst for Europe’s Eastern Neighbourhood. She explains that grievances and tensions had existed long before the conflict erupted, and that recent calm only papers over years of stalemate that have entrenched positions and isolated Armenians and Azerbaijanis from one another. 

Does Olesya see a way out of the current deadlock? Have a listen to find out.

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For more information on this conflict, see our recent report: Digging out of Deadlock in Nagorno-Karabakh and our Visual Explainer, which features a uniquely detailed map of the front lines and interactive data charts on reports of casualties and on the use of heavy weaponry, drones and special operations in the conflict zone.