On 20 January 2019, a monument dedicated to the Nagorno Karabakh war veteran Mikhail Avagyan was inaugurated in Bughashen, in southern Georgia. Avagyan fought on the Armenian side and was killed a few months before the conflict ended in 1994, was a native of Bughashen, which lies in the mainlyContinue Reading

SOURCE: Broers, Laurence “How Ready Are Armenia and Azerbaijan for Peace?”, Chatham House: Royal Institute of International Affairs, 24 JAN 2019 How Ready Are Armenia and Azerbaijan for Peace? 24 January 2019 De-escalatory measures and new faces are shaking up the moribund peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan. But to makeContinue Reading

On 24 January 2018, the President of Nagorno Karabakh, Bako Sahanyan participated in the annual Military Council Summit aimed at summing up military developments in the past year. Present during the meeting were high-ranking military officials from the Defence Army (the equivalent of a Ministry of Defence), including the Commander-in-ChiefContinue Reading

On 22 January the World Economic Forum  of this year celebrated in Davos, Switzerland became the scene of a non-official meeting between the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev. This was the first meeting between the two leaders this year, which constituted an unofficial meeting onContinue Reading

Today the Foreign Ministers of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijan Elmar Mamedyarov meet in Paris under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group co-Chairs Stéphane Visconti, Igor Popov and Andrew Schofer.  Also present during the meeting was the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Andrzej Kasprzyk. This is the firstContinue Reading

On 15 January official reports about the OSCE Minsk Group’s ceasefire monitoring mission were made public. This is the first major monitoring operation since the start of this year, and apparently went through without any incidents according to the Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defence, as well as Nagnorno Karabakh’s Ministry ofContinue Reading

Little is known about the defence industry in Armenia. Local private, public and semi-public  companies that produce, investigate, test out products destined for the Armenian Armed Forces tend to be quite conservative in regard to public announcements, however, the industry seems to be very active and booming. Compared with Azerbaijan’sContinue Reading

According to media outlets in Azerbaijan, an excavator and its driver were shot at while working near a military outpost on the outskirts of the village of Kemerli, only 12 kilometres south of the tri-border between Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The details of what really took place are still unclear,Continue Reading

On 12 January 2019, Nagorno Karabakh Foreign Minister Masis Mayilyan met up with his acting counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Yerevan in what is the first official visit between the two this year. The two discussed issues related to the OSCE Minsk Group, which included further cooperation and peace-building possibilities promotedContinue Reading