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By Michael P. Croissant

Of all of the violent disputes that experience flared around the former Soviet Union because the overdue Nineteen Eighties, the Armenia-Azerbaijan clash is the single one to pose a real hazard to peace and safety all through Eurasia. by way of correct of its strategic place and oil assets, the Transcaucasus has been and should remain a resource of curiosity for exterior powers competing to enhance their geopolitical impact within the quarter. below such stipulations, the chance will stay for the Armenia-Azerbaijan clash to reignite and extend to incorporate different powers.

The ten-year clash among Armenia and Azerbaijan has been one of many bloodiest and so much intractable disputes to emerge from the breakup of the Soviet Union. Animosity that constructed among the Armenians and Azeris below czarist Russian rule used to be fueled by means of the increase of a dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous sector for which either peoples consider an excessive nationalistic affinity. The attachment of the zone to Azerbaijan via Stalin in 1923 grew to become a resource of deep resentment for the Armenians, and through the guideline of Gorbachev, a crusade used to be started to accomplish the peaceable unification of Armenia and Karabakh. Azerbaijan resisted the circulate as a hazard to its territorial integrity, and clashes that broke out quickly escalated right into a full-scale warfare that outlived the USSR itself.

Although a cease-fire has been saw due to the fact may perhaps, 1994, a relaxed payment to the clash has been elusive. in the meantime, by way of correct of either the strategic position and assets and the original safeguard features of the Transcaucasus, significant exterior powers―Russia, Turkey, and Iran―have sought to persuade the dispute based on their geopolitical pursuits. With the expansion of curiosity within the oil riches of the Caspian Sea and the expanding engagement of Western nations, together with the us, the hazards and implications of renewed violence among Armenia and Azerbaijan will develop. This significant examine can be of curiosity to scholars, students, and policymakers concerned with diplomacy, army affairs, and the Transcaucasus.

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