On September 19, 2023, Azerbaijani forces initiated a massive attack on Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-populated and effectively self-governing region inside internationally recognized Azerbaijani territory. Russian peacekeepers, stationed in the area since 2020, did not step in to stem the fighting but intervened to arrange for a cease-fire. Within 24 hours, the Nagorno-Karabakh leadership gave in, and, for the first time, Baku could claim full control over the contested territory. Despite being portrayed in the West as a “frozen conflict,” there had long been a risk of renewed violence in Nagorno-Karabakh. Since the autumn of 2020, the situation in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, has been kinetic and fast-moving, regularly drawing in the active mediation of external actors, including the US. The fighting in September and the subsequent mass exodus of the 100,000-strong Armenian population from Nagorno-Karabakh may end up being only the latest chapter in further violence and displacement to come.
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Walter Landgraf - Lieutenant Colonel Walter “Rick” Landgraf is a U.S.Army officer, the Managing Editor for the Texas National Security Review, and a Fellow in the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
Nareg Seferian - Nareg Seferian received his PhD from the School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, in 2023. He served on the faculty of the American University of Armenia between 2013 and 2016 and also taught at Virginia Tech during his graduate studies from 2019 to 2022. His published writings are available at naregseferian.com.