The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Revisited: Was the War Inevitable?

  title={The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Revisited: Was the War Inevitable?},
  author={Erik Melander},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  • Erik Melander
  • Published 1 May 2001
  • History
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
This article explains why the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh escalated into full-scale ethnic warfare in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The article uses newly available sources to test the explanatory value of recent theories of conflict and strategic uncertainty. The evidence shows that in the summer of 1991 the Armenian separatist movement in Nagorno-Karabakh offered the Azerbaijani authorities virtual capitulation in exchange for a cessation of the offensive initiated against the region in… 
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