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Turkey's disruptive Caucasus power play risks regional war

Three big reasons why the world should care about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

| Turkey
The blast site hit by a rocket in Ganja, Nagorno-Karabakh region, pictured on Oct. 11: in a hyper-nationalistic world the danger of smaller conflicts fueling regional wars is much greater.   © Reuters

Andrew North has reported widely from across the Middle East, South Asia, and Central Asia. He is a regular commentator on Asian affairs.

When fighting broke out in the southern Caucasus this month between Azeri and ethnic Armenian forces over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, even professional foreign-policy watchers had to remind themselves of the where, who and why of this never dormant conflict.

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