Caucasus

Fragile peace in Nagorno-Karabakh leaves Russia and Turkey in charge – Business Insider

Armenia and Azerbaijan signed an agreement last week to end six weeks of bloody fighting over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. The agreement is widely seen as a win for Russia, which has regained substantial influence in the region, and for Turkey, whose military support to the gains made by Azerbaijan. Visit Business Insider’s homepage …

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Turkey is on the verge of an explosion – American Enterprise Institute

It has now been 18 years since Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party shocked Turkey’s secular establishment and swept to power. That Islamists won a supermajority in Turkey’s parliament reflected less the religious orientation of Turkey’s electorate at the time and more Turks’ disgust at both establishment corruption and incumbent politicians’ financial mismanagement. Over …

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Why Azerbaijan Won – Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Modern-day warfare is very expensive, as well as destructive. A state must have serious economic power and a healthy defence budget to ensure it has access to up-to-date military hardware and remote-controlled combat equipment. Put simply, this is why Azerbaijan won the recent 45-day war in Nagorny Karabakh. An analysis of the number shows that …

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Arab States Against Turkey – Polish Institute of International Affairs

In September, Egypt called on Arab states to create common, assertive policy against Turkey. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Morocco began to boycott Turkish imports. These moves stem from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s increasingly interventionist policy towards Arab states and the Mediterranean region. The escalating dispute puts the EU in …

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Aliyev, Azerbaijan are rising! Erdoğan, Turkey are taking world by storm: We said we have ‘big claims’; now it’s time to take ‘big steps.’ – Yeni Safak

The victory in the Caucasus is Turkey’s victory as well. It is Turkey’s mobilization of its geopolitical mind, centuries-old tradition and political legacy. The security operations in the East Mediterranean, in Syria, and Iraq are products of this mentality.

The is the mentality that eliminated the terror map spanning the Iranian border and the Mediterranean, and implemented its own security map. This is the mind that finished France in Libya, that ended the European alliance in the Aegean.

Russian President Putin Wins Upset Victory in Nagorno-Karabakh – Institute for the Study of War

Key Takeaway: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s patient and precise diplomacy outmaneuvered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Kremlin produced the most significant breakthrough in the disputed zone since 1994 with a Russian-brokered agreement on Azerbaijani terms. Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will likely capitalize upon their respective victories as Erdogan fails to gain …

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Controversial ceasefire – Al-Ahram Weekly

ARMENIA and Azerbaijan agreed Tuesday upon a fourth ceasefire under the auspices of Russia, after a six-week war in which thousands have been killed and many more displaced. The deal maintains the control of the Armenian-backed government in Nagorno- Karabakh at the price of conceding significant territory to Azerbaijan; some 2,000 Russian peacekeepers arrived in …

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Analysis: Putin draws Erdogan a red line on Russia’s southern flank with Karabakh deal – Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has brokered a Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal that locks in territorial gains for Turkey-backed Azerbaijan. In doing so, he has thwarted a stronger Turkish presence in a region Moscow views as its backyard. Six weeks of heavy fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over the enclave have tested …

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Turkey says Azerbaijan achieved ‘sacred success’ in Nagorno-Karabakh – Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey said on Tuesday that a deal to end more than a month of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh had secured important gains for its close ally Azerbaijan in the conflict with Armenia. The agreement, signed by Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, follows six weeks of heavy fighting and advances by Azeri forces. On Sunday, …

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Crisis in the Caucasus: how Nagorno-Karabakh poses a challenge for Nato – New Statesman

The flare-up demonstrates what some will characterise as the obsolescence of Cold War era military alliances. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, a longstanding dispute over a mountainous sliver of land between Armenia and Azerbaijan, has been simmering for over 30 years, since before the fall of the Soviet Union. But this week’s flare-up in the South Caucasus between Armenian …

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The Problem with Turkey’s Proxy Militias Isn’t Just Military – The National Interest

[…] Whereas Turkish diplomats once claimed they were an ally in the fight against the Islamic State, the Turkish military and intelligence service has increasingly employed Islamic State veterans to further Turkey’s interests across the region. 

The Rojava Information Center, which operates out of Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria, for example, has identified several dozen Islamic State veterans now working with Turkish-backed forces. These militias have engaged in ethnic cleansingkidnapped women and girls, and otherwise sought to upset and change the social order. As they displace local Kurds and settle Arabs from elsewhere in Syria, they set the stage for decades of conflict and instability. 

Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijan ‘takes key town’ in Armenia conflict – BBC News

Azerbaijan has captured a key town in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region, according to the country’s president. Ilham Aliyev announced in a televised address on Sunday that Azerbaijani forces had taken Shusha, known as Shushi in Armenian. Armenia however denied the town’s capture and said fighting was ongoing. Capturing the strategically important town would be a …

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