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Don’t Touch Your Face: Breakaway States and the Pandemic

The Abkhazia Parliament Building in Sukhumi.
The Abkhazia Parliament Building in Sukhumi.
The Abkhazia Parliament Building in Sukhumi. Hélène Veilleux/Flickr

On today’s podcast: How frozen conflicts could become a global Achilles’s heel.

The frozen conflict zones of the South Caucasus have been cut off from the rest of the world, but they are unlikely to be spared by the coronavirus. 

On today’s podcast, Don’t Touch Your Face host Amy Mackinnon is joined by Olesya Vartanyan, an analyst with the International Crisis Group, to discuss how the breakaway regions of South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Nagorno-Karabakh could become a global Achilles’s heel in the fight against the coronavirus. 

Further Reading:

Karabakh elections to go to a second round,” EurasiaNet

Welcome to the Almost-Country of Abkhazia,” Pacific Standard

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