Vol. 4, No. 18 (September 15, 2011)

Moscow and the delimitation of Karabakh in the 1920s

As a contribution to the unveiling of the history of Soviet policy toward Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan in the World offers what is the second (first half) of a three part article on the origins of Soviet policy on this region that was prepared by distinguished Azerbaijani historian Jamil Hasanly.  It originally appeared in Russia’s Regnum News Agency at http://regnum.ru/news/fd-abroad/armenia/1429237.html.  The remaining sections of Professor Hasanly’s account will be published in the following issues of Azerbaijan in the World ...
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Destruction of Caucasian Albanian sites continues in the occupied territories

President Serzh Sargsyan’s recent remarks about “Greater Armenia” have attracted widespread attention and much criticism, but an ongoing Armenian effort to lay claim to a community which formed part of the ethnogenesis of the Azerbaijani nation has not, even though its immediate consequences—the destruction, desecration or restoration of Caucasian Albanian historical monuments in the occupied territories—may be far more serious as an example of cultural imperialism and ethnocide. In a new study, Azerbaijani historian Bakhtiyar Tuncay says that “Armenian historians have been t...
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Can the European Union play a balanced role in the South Caucasus?

The common features of the Action Plans (APs) that the European Union has enunciated for its partner countries in the European Neighborhood Program (ENP) have attracted a great deal of attention.  But the differences, especially concerning conflict resolution, are striking, not only in the APs for the three South Caucasus countries, but also in the policies the EU has pursued in the region.  And that pattern raises the question as to how balanced a role the European Union can and will play in the resolution of conflicts there.  Indeed, there is a very real risk that some o...
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