TEASER: How Music Videos Explain the War Between Armenia and Azerbaijan

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Armenia and Azerbaijan are at war. Why? It’s complicated. What’s the nature of the conflict? That’s also very complicated. It’s so complicated, in fact, that Russia, Syria, and Turkey are all involved. And it threatens to pull in their allies, all over a war that’s been “frozen” since 1988.

Here to help us untangle all of this is Aram Shabanian, a graduate student of Non-Proliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He also runs The Fulda Gap, a site dedicated to using OSINT to understand modern war. And he’s a member of the Armenian diaspora community in the United States.

  • Recorded 10/16/20
  • The Roots of the conflict
  • Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Why this war got so violent so fast
  • Extrajudicial killing
  • How the war was announced via a music video on YouTube
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSh5tm2Hmn0
  • Why 2020 has been going on for at least four years
  • The Iran of it all
  • Military spending on either side
  • What happened when the Soviet Union ended
  • The regional players, explained
  • How this all ends

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