Post-Soviet Frozen Conflicts
“As the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia prepared to meet in Kazan, Russia, there was cautious optimism that real peace might finally be within reach for the breakaway province of Nagorno-Karabakh. After a round of friendly handshakes and photos for the press, summit host and then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev led Armenian President Serzh Sargsian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev into the conference room. It was June 25, 2011 – 23 years after fighting between ethnic Armenian separatists and Azerbaijani forces began in the waning years of the Soviet Union – and expectations soared that parties would take their first substantial steps toward a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. But a few hours later, the delegates re-emerged with no agreement. The conflict drags on, unresolved, as do similar conflicts in Moldova and Georgia...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Post-Soviet Frozen Conflicts,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 4, 2012: 42-47.
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