TRT World’s new book “The Karabakh Gambit: Responsibility for the Future” offers an insightful examination of the prominent aspects of the Second Karabakh War between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the future implications for the South Caucasus.
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The book, published by TRT World Research Centre, is edited by researchers Turan Gafarlı and Michael Arnold, with 12 chapters written by 14 contributors.
In the introduction, Turan Gafarlı gives an overview of the Karabakh war and provides a breakup of the book’s chapters, which seek to offer a variety of perspectives and build a positive outlook based on a shared sense of responsibility towards future generations.
In the chapter “Karabakh: Colonisation, Occupation and Liberation”, Patrick Walsh focuses on the history of the region and the conflict. He touches on the core elements of demographic changes in the South Caucasus, narrating the chronological story of developments there.
In the chapter “Legal Perspectives on the Nagorno-Karabakh Region: Use of Force, Self-Determination and Status Under International Law”, Bernhard Knoll-Tudor and Daniel Müller present a detailed #legal insight regarding the conflict between #Yerevan and #Baku.
In the chapter “The Long Road to Peace: A Theoretical Analysis of Potential Pathways of the Resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict”, Nazrin Gadimova assesses the need of both sides (Azerbaijan and Armenia) for peacebuilding and trust-building efforts.
In the chapter “When the Truth Dies: Propaganda During the Karabakh Conflict”, Anar Valiyev and Nargiz Gafarova explore the role of soft power and information warfare in the 2020 Karabakh war, including examples of #fakenews in traditional and socialmedia.
In the chapter “The Trigger for War: Energy in the 2020 Armenia-Azerbaijan War”, Brenda Shaffer offers her valuable expertise on one of the most important aspects of both the war itself (that is energy) as well as the general economic portrait of the region.
In the chapter “Turkey and the Second Karabakh War of 2020: The Policy of ‘One Nation, Two States’ in Full Swing”, Hasan Ünal touches on Ankara’s interests in the region and explores Turkey’s rhetoric and approach towards the conflict over the years.
In the chapter “Russia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Developments Before and After the Second Karabakh War”, Stanislav Pritchin highlights the significance of Karabakh for Russia, and how #Moscow positioned the conflict in its ties with Yerevan and Baku.
In the chapter “The Second Karabakh War and Georgia’s Evolving Geopolitical Position”, Emil Avdaliani sheds light on the major role played by #Georgia before and during the Karabakh conflict. He weighs Tbilisi’s opportunity as a possible regional mediator.
In the chapter “Dithering and Disengagement: The US and the Second Karabakh War”, Luke Coffey explores the reasons behind the limited #American involvement during the hot phase of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.
In the chapter “Israel’s Role in the Second Armenia-Azerbaijan War,” Avinoam Idan and Brenda Shaffer discuss the growing strategic links between #Israel and Azerbaijan, and how Tel Aviv’s material support helped Baku during the Karabakh conflict.
In the chapter “Active but Inefficient? Iran’s Strategy Towards the Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh”, Zaur Gasimov discusses #Iran’s reactions to the Karabakh war and post-war developments, using extensive analysis from #Iranian sources and media outlets.
In the chapter “Armenia’s Imperative: Adapting to a New Reality”, Richard Giragosian offers insight from Armenia regarding the Karabakh conflict and gives a detailed analysis of the challenges that await Yerevan in a post-conflict region.