The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Legal Analysis

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 30, 2010 - Law - 155 pages
The Caucasus region, situated on a natural isthmus between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, has long been a border zone and a melting pot for a diverse range of cultures and peoples. As the intersection between Europe and Asia, and also - tween Russia and the Ottoman and Persian Empires, it has featured in the strategic plans of numerous great powers over the centuries. Given its abundance of natural resources, the ready-made raw material transport routes to Europe and its enduring position on the edge of Russia, nothing has changed to the present day. The tremendous development opportunities of the Caucasian region are being tarnished by unresolved territorial conflicts that put a continual and regionally balanced growth, sustained democratisation and long-term stability at risk. These conflicts, which all erupted with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, include the separatist movements in Abkhazia, Chechnya, Nagorno-Karabakh and South - setia. The war over South Ossetia, which erupted between Russia and Georgia in August 2008, spelt out the explosive potential still inherent in these conflicts.

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The book is not geared for general readership, and should not be treated as such. As a student of international relations, I found this source quite useful for my research.
Because the book's
subject matter deals with an ongoing ethnic conflict, it is normal to see widely differing opinions on works such as these, No author has ever succeeded in satisfying all of the "lay" readership in matters like these. It is the nature of such subjects, both sides consider themselves fully justified, and their opposition made up of entirely evil doers.
So, my advise to those who would apply a scholarly approach is to ignore both parties, including the scholars belonging to both parties, just deal with the content of the work.
In that regard, this book is quite satisfactory, however, I think it treats historical background in a bit too detail, especially the parts that have lost legal relevance, such as the early settlement, or population movements in previous centuries. He should have touched the pre-Soviet period only slightly, as it carries minimum legal significance today, which is the main subject of the book.
On this question however, author builds a convincing case, using clear examples of why and when the right of self determination applies, and why Nagorno-Krabakh is still legally considered and should be considered as part of Azerbaijan.

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This is a revolting example of state-supported propaganda pushed by Azerbaijani petro-autocracy. A KGB-style vehicle for fooling and brainwashing the public. I am surprised it is offered in Google Books.


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