When a Ceasefire is Not Enough

THE WAR BETWEEN Armenia and Azerbaijan this past autumn was an avoidable  tragedy. 

Sojourners Magazine — The disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region has been populated since at least the second  century B.C.E. by Armenians, one of the world’s oldest Christian civilizations. The  Muslim Azeris and others have lived there and in neighboring areas for centuries as  well, and the region was ethnically mixed (albeit majority Armenian) when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Stalin’s divide-and-rule policy for drawing borders made Nagorno-Karabakh a  theoretically “autonomous region” within the Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic. As  the Soviet Union was breaking up and Azerbaijani persecution of ethnic Armenians increased, the Armenian and Nagorno-Karabakh governments demanded transfer of the region to Armenia.  [FULL LINK]