SOAS University of London

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Armenia and Azerbaijan: Anatomy of a Rivalry

Anatomy of Rivalry
Dr Laurence Broers (SOAS Research Associate)

Date: 28 November 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 28 November 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4429

Type of Event: Book Launch


Analyses the 30-year conflict for control over the contested territory of Nagorny Karabakh

  • Provides a complete overview of historical, territorial, domestic, strategic, international and mediation perspectives
  • Moves beyond chronological narrative and comparative analysis of post-Soviet conflicts
  • Draws on the author's experience of over a decade as a practitioner of Armenian–Azerbaijani peace-building efforts
  • Informed by fieldwork conducted in 2014–16 across the conflict and interviews with political and societal actors
  • Uses theoretical frameworks to draw comparisons with other international, long-term rivalries, such as India–Pakistan and Arab states–Israel

The Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict for control of the mountainous territory of Nagorny Karabakh is the longest-running dispute in post-Soviet Eurasia. Laurence Broers shows how decades of dynamic territorial politics, shifting power relations, international diffusion and unsuccessful mediation efforts have contributed to the resilience of this stubbornly unresolved dispute.

Author Biography

Dr Laurence Broers is a Research Associate at the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus. He is the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Caucasus Survey (Taylor & Francis). He has extensive professional experience working in policy analysis and managing Armenian-Azerbaijani peacebuilding initiatives at the civil society level.


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