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Military vehicles belonging to the Russian peacekeeping force move on the road outside Lachin on Nov. 29, 2020, after six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Military vehicles belonging to the Russian peacekeeping force move on the road outside Lachin on Nov. 29, 2020, after six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Putin Is Turning Armenia Into a Russian Outpost

Moscow is losing regional influence—but it's shoring up its position in Yerevan.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 27, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 27, 2018.

Russia Can’t Protect Its Allies Anymore

Moscow is overstretched in Ukraine—and Armenia is suffering the consequences.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ahead of their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 19.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ahead of their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 19.

Why Is Armenia So Close to Russia and Iran?

The small Caucasus country challenges the idea that the world is splitting into democratic and autocratic camps.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (right) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding on increasing import of Azeri natural gas.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (right) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding on increasing import of Azeri natural gas.

Will a New War Crash Europe’s Azerbaijani Gas Dreams?

Europe needs a serious Azerbaijan policy—and needs it fast.

An aerial view of an industrial settlement in a blue sea.
An aerial view of an industrial settlement in a blue sea.
A military training course in Armenia.
A military training course in Armenia.

Russia Is Worried About Challenges in the Caucasus

The Nagorno-Karabakh war’s aftermath is still impacting Moscow’s plans.

A man in military clothing stands inside the damaged Holy Savior Cathedral in the Nagorno-Karabakh city of Shusha, known as Shushi to Armenians.
A man in military clothing stands inside the damaged Holy Savior Cathedral in the Nagorno-Karabakh city of Shusha, known as Shushi to Armenians.

Cultural Desecration Is Racial Discrimination

A recent International Court of Justice decision regarding Azerbaijan’s actions in Nagorno-Karabakh could offer protection to threatened cultural heritage sites around the world.

The Azerbaijani army patrols the streets of Shusha on Sept. 25 under a sign that reads: "Dear Shusha, you are free. Dear Shusha, we are back. Dear Shusha, we will resurrect you. Shusha is ours."
The Azerbaijani army patrols the streets of Shusha on Sept. 25 under a sign that reads: "Dear Shusha, you are free. Dear Shusha, we are back. Dear Shusha, we will resurrect you. Shusha is ours."

From the Ruins of War, a Tourist Resort Emerges

Shusha was the key to the recent war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Now Baku wants to turn the fabled fortress town into a resort.

People hold candles during a rally in Yerevan, Armenia, on September 26, 2021. Around 3,000 Armenians marched in capital Yerevan on September 26, 2021, to commemorate the victims of the war with arch-foe Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region the year before.
People hold candles during a rally in Yerevan, Armenia, on September 26, 2021. Around 3,000 Armenians marched in capital Yerevan on September 26, 2021, to commemorate the victims of the war with arch-foe Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region the year before.

The U.N. Must Investigate Nagorno-Karabakh War Crimes

Baku and Yerevan are not members of the International Criminal Court. That means an independent international investigation is needed to ensure accountability for atrocities.

A man walks on a bridge decorated with flags of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
A man walks on a bridge decorated with flags of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Peace on Azerbaijan’s Terms Won’t End the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Baku is attempting to assert sovereignty through force and ethnic cleansing while denying Armenians the right to self-determination.

Former Swiss foreign minister meets with OSCE Minsk Group members.
Former Swiss foreign minister meets with OSCE Minsk Group members.

The Minsk Group Is Meaningless

The OSCE’s peace effort in Nagorno-Karabakh is outdated and unhelpful. Laying it to rest can pave the way for real reconciliation and reconstruction.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan gives a speech.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan gives a speech.

Armenia Opts for Pashinyan, Democracy Despite Defeat in War

A surprisingly resounding win for Armenia’s incumbent suggests a focus on domestic policy.

A boy salutes in front of a tank in Azerbaijan
A boy salutes in front of a tank in Azerbaijan

Gaza and Nagorno-Karabakh Were Glimpses of the Future of Conflict

Some technological claims panned out in recent wars, but others flopped.

People protest outside of the Turkish consulate on the anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Beverly Hills, California, on April 24.
People protest outside of the Turkish consulate on the anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Beverly Hills, California, on April 24.

Turkey Will Never Recognize the Armenian Genocide

It’s time for Yerevan to shift gears and work toward rapprochement with Ankara.

Armenians walk past an armored personnel carrier of Russian peacekeepers to visit the Dadivank monastery on the outskirts of Kalbajar in Nagorno-Karabakh on Nov. 18, 2020. The territory has since been transferred to Azerbaijan.
Armenians walk past an armored personnel carrier of Russian peacekeepers to visit the Dadivank monastery on the outskirts of Kalbajar in Nagorno-Karabakh on Nov. 18, 2020. The territory has since been transferred to Azerbaijan.

Nagorno-Karabakh Is Moscow’s Latest Frozen Conflict

Russian peacekeepers have radically reshaped the region.

Sahak Tavukcu mops the floor of the Surp Hresdagabet Church in Istanbul.
Sahak Tavukcu mops the floor of the Surp Hresdagabet Church in Istanbul.

For Turkey’s Armenians, Biden’s Genocide Declaration Makes Little Difference

A century after the mass killings, Armenians in Turkey are still outcasts.

A woman cries at a makeshift memorial for Armenians killed during the military conflict with Azerbaijan.
A woman cries at a makeshift memorial for Armenians killed during the military conflict with Azerbaijan.

Armenia Is Still Grieving

Losing a war has reopened old wounds in a battered nation.

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