Episode 283 | Recorded: October 5, 2023
The 2020 defeat in the second war in Artsakh culminated last week in the complete surrendering of Artsakh to Azerbaijan, by Pashinyan’s government. But is the conflict over? In this Conversations on Groong episode, we’ll take a look at the aftermath of the great exodus of Armenians from their indigenous lands in Artsakh, and what Armenia is facing geopolitically at this juncture.
Even though we’ve been seeing the demise of the Artsakh Republic coming, ever since the defeat in the 44-day war in 2020, I guess most Armenians both in the republic, as well as the diaspora, had held out hope that it would not come to pass. You and many experts we talk to weekly on our show have been warning of this disastrous outcome for three years now.
Just yesterday, Aliyev declined the long-scheduled summit with Pashinyan in Granada, Spain. He reportedly requested that Turkish president Erdogan be present at the summit, as well as the French, German, and EU leaders. They refused, and so Aliyev bailed out. Clearly he’s unhappy, and he didn’t like the picture in Granada, and this doesn’t portend well for the so-called “peace treaty” that Pashinyan and his circle keep pushing and idolizing.
Reportedly the US, Russia and the EU met “secretly” in Istanbul to discuss “the standoff on Nagorno Karabakh”.
Each of the major geopolitical players have their interests in the region.
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Dr. Benyamin Poghosyan is a senior fellow at APRI Armenia, a Yerevan based think tank,and the Chairman of the Center for Political and Economic Strategic Studies. He has served as the vice president for research and head of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense Research University in Armenia. Dr. Poghosyan was a Distinguished Research Fellow at the US National Defense University College of International Security Affairs. He is a graduate from the US State Department Study of the US Institutes for Scholars 2012 Program on US National Security Policy Making. He holds a PhD in history and is a graduate from the 2006 Tavitian Program on International Relations at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Asbed is founder of the Armenian News Network Groong and co-founder of the ANN/Groong podcast.