Fall 2023 Conflict Series: Armenia's Security Dilemma, the Russo-Azerbaijani Axis, and the Siege of Nagorno-Karabakh
Each Tuesday, the Conflict, Security, and Development Series will examine new research, discuss creative policy approaches, and highlight recent innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in conflict and post-conflict situations.
This week we are excited to have Nerses Kopalyan, Associate Professor-in-Residence of Political Science at University of Nevada speak about how Russia's power and influence in the South Caucasus has exponentially diminished, with the Russian-led security architecture in the region collapsing after the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War. Russia's subsequent alliance with Azerbaijan, Armenia's continued democratization and pivot to the West, and the Russo-Azerbaijani endeavor of maintaining the region's authoritarian orbit have created a severe security dilemma for the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh. Noting the evolving security configurations, the entrenched power asymmetry, and the pending humanitarian and security crisis in the region, what are the trajectories of persistent instability, democratization, and potential developments for the region?