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Radio Free Europe: Five Years After the War, South Caucasus Still Caught Between Russia, the West

Author: Robert Coalson
August 7, 2013


"Azerbaijan is arming to the teeth. Armenia is growing increasingly disillusioned with Russia, its main protector. And the potential for armed conflict in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region appears higher than it has been in years."

The increased tensions surrounding the Armenian-controlled separatist enclave inside Azerbaijan -- where there have been a series of incidents near the cease-fire line in recent months -- is indicative of how the volatile South Caucasus region has remained dangerously tense even five years after Russia's brief war with Georgia in August 2008.

The five-day war, which was fought over Georgia's pro-Moscow separatist region of South Ossetia, was won decisively by Russia. But it also undermined Moscow's role as a powerbroker in a region fraught with ethnic tension.

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