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In Nagorno-Karabakh, Another Manageable Crisis

MIN READMay 19, 2016 | 09:16 GMT

Similar to the conflict in Ukraine, a flurry of diplomatic initiatives to end hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh will be complicated by the Russia-West standoff for the former Soviet periphery.

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Diplomatic negotiations aimed at settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict continue at a feverish pace but without much hope for progress. At a highly touted May 16 meeting in Vienna, Austria, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan reaffirmed their countries' commitment to observing a cease-fire in the disputed region and reaching a peaceful settlement. On May 17 and May 18, however, reports of fresh cease-fire violations and casualties on both sides continued to roll in. The disconnect between operations in Nagorno-Karabakh and what was said at the meeting -- the first since April's major escalation in hostilities -- reveals the constraints preventing a lasting resolution to the conflict....

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