Nagorno-Karabakh, Frozen Conflict Frozen in Time
7 July, 2015

What You Need To Know:

✓ Nagorno-Karabakh is frozen conflict region after Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a war over the territory from 1988-1995
✓ Nagorno-Karabakh is a internationally recognized enclave of Azerbaijan currently controlled by Armenia
✓ Despite isolation, Nagorno-Karabakh civil society is very well educated and aided by the West through the Armenian diaspora

Anna Nemtsova, Correspondent for The Daily Beast, recounts her recent visit to the self-proclaimed, frozen conflict state of Nagorno-Karabakh. “People talk about their great democracy… Nagorno-Karabakh believes that they managed to cure the main diseases: dictatorship, corruption, non-transparency.”

However, Nagorno-Karabakh is a conflict frozen after a war shortly following the disillusion of the USSR. The war was between Azerbaijan, which claims the region as its own, and Armenia, the ethnic group that dominates Nagorno-Karabakh.

“There is another side to life there. Every minute, people tell me they think about the war. Any destabilization, any political turmoil in Armenia makes them concerned, because people continue to die.” 

“They know their fathers went to war, they know that they will go to war. In a way they are stuck in that time, in that situation.”

Hromadske International's Nataliya Gumenyuk and Ian Bateson spoke with Anna Nemtsova via Skype on July 5, 2015.