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Nagorno-Karabakh: The Paradoxes of strength and weakness in an asymmetric conflict

Deriglazova L., Minasyan S.,

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This third CI Research Paper analyzes the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh from the standpoint of the concept and phenomenon of asymmetric conflict. The asymmetry of the conflict is rooted in the non-identical statuses of the principal parties to the conflict, and in the military and security aspects of the confrontation in the Azerbaijan-Nagorno-Karabakh-Armenia triangle. The asymmetry of the players` potential figured importantly during the military phase of the conflict in the first half of the 1990s and continues to be obvious in the current stage. By applying the   concept of asymmetric conflict and analyzing the phenomenon of asymmetric conflict, the authors take a fresh look at the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and propose possible symmetric and asymmetric scenarios for its development. The paper is targeted to reach a broad range of readers as well as political scientists.

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