Armenia-Azerbaijan Relations after the Third Karabakh War

Dec. 4, 2023
George Washington University/Online

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict reached a dramatic end on September 19, 2023, when the Azerbaijani military ended the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, and almost its entire Armenian population fled to Armenia. Meanwhile, Armenia now faces a humanitarian crisis of refugees from Karabakh, while Azerbaijan demands the opening of the Zangezur corridor to connect with its Nakhichevan exclave to the southwest of Armenia. Russia, in turn, distracted by a war in Ukraine, has lost its leverage over the South Caucasus, leaving Armenia to seek new partners in the West. The West, at this moment, also concerned about Ukraine and the crises in the Middle East, has shown little interest in the South Caucasus.

In this seminar, six experts will discuss the current situation in this part of the South Caucasus. They will explore the causes and consequences of the Third Karabakh War, the region’s future, and the foreign policy goals of Armenia and Azerbaijan. They will also analyze the interests and roles of prominent international actors, such as Russia, the USA, Iran, Turkey, the EU, and France, who might have their own particular interest in the South Caucasus.

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