Keeping the Caucasian Cauldron Boiling: Why War in Ngorno-Karabakh Now?

The brief war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Armenian super-majority enclave of Ngorno-Karabakh of 2016 seems winding down almost before it began. Or is it?

With hundreds of troops killed and wounded over little ground gained or lost, it would appear the Azeris lost while the Armenian backed but internationally non-recognized Republic of Artsakh (also known as the Ngorno-Karabakh Republic or NKR) won by repulsing the attacks. But in Moscow's eyes, there can be no winners from this war but 'big brother' overseas, and the deeper game of trying to set Russia's periphery on fire goes on...

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