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Azerbaijan-Armenia rhetoric more risky than gunfire

Friday, July 24, 2020

Significance

Azerbaijan's threats of military action are cause for concern as the country looks to Turkey, which elsewhere has shown a willingness for regional intervention.

Impacts

  • The fighting puts the Karabakh dispute back on the radar of concerned regional and international powers.
  • Conflict allows both governments to rally populations tired of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • In Azerbaijan, 'war talk' provides cover as the authorities arrest critics, ostensibly for quarantine violations.
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