Armenian Settlements: Occupied Territory or Homeland?

Dadivank Monastery, near Kelbajar (Joshua Kucera)

by Joshua Kucera When Alexander Kananyan moved to Kelbajar in 2000, it was “completely destroyed,” he recalls. There was no electricity or telephone service, and he had to walk up to 40 kilometers to catch any sort of transportation. But… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan’s Saber Rattling Grows Louder

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by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijan has sharpened its threats of war against Armenia in an apparent attempt to ratchet up tension over Nagorno-Karabakh, the territory that both sides claim. Verbal threats toward Armenia are nothing new for Azerbaijan, a state for which… Continue Reading  

Protests Begin Anew in Armenia

Serzh Sargsyan

by Joshua Kucera Negotiations over a transfer of power between the Armenian government and opposition broke down April 24, renewing the political crisis in the country and again sending tens of thousands of protesters out on to the streets. The… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan President Calls for Return to “Historic Lands” in Armenia

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by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijan’s president has claimed that large parts of Armenia’s territory are Azerbaijan’s “historic lands,” vowing to return to them. The fraught assertion threatens to derail any progress, however slight, in peace talks between the two countries in… Continue Reading  

China Denies Plans to Build Military Base on Afghan-Tajik Border

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by Joshua Kucera China has formally denied reports that it is building a military base on the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border for the Afghan armed forces. But Afghan security officials have confirmed the original report, and offered additional details of the secretive… Continue Reading