On September 27, fighting along the so-called line of control between Azerbaijan and the region of Nagorno-Karabakh erupted. This area of Azerbaijan is majority Armenian and has been de facto-controlled by the local Armenian population since the end of the war between the two populations in 1994. Armenian’s in the region have declared independence but only Armenia recognises this declaration. This new round of fighting appears to be a continuation of the conflict between this breakaway region and Azerbaijan. Doug Becker speaks with Steve Swerdlow, Anna Ohanyan, and Hurst Hannum about the origins of the conflict, the current outbreak, and potential pathways to peace.
Steve Swerdlow is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Southern California. He is an expert in human rights.
Hurst Hannum is a Professor of International Law at The Fletcher School. He is an expert in international human rights law and is the author of Autonomy, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination: The Accommodation of Conflicting Rights.
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