Nagorno and Karabakh on the Map

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Cipher Brief Expert Nick Fishwick CMG retired in 2012 after nearly thirty years in the British Foreign Service. His work included postings in Lagos, Istanbul and Kabul. His responsibilities in London included director of security and, after returning from Afghanistan in 2007, he served as director for counterterrorism. His final role before retiring was as director general for international operations.

I was not surprised that the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis was not debated by President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden last Tuesday. If you asked a random group of Americans or Brits to show you where Nagorno-Karabakh is on the map probably none of them would be able to do so. But it’s a problem over which people fight and die, as they are doing at the moment. It’s a problem that no one has been able to solve for years, decades, maybe centuries. It’s a problem that engages big regional beasts, notably Turkey and Russia. It has also engaged the US. So, what is the current fighting about, and how much does it matter?

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