Following the violent escalation of conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, the region has witnessed an inflow of foreign fighters and volunteers supporting each faction. On the one hand, members of the Armenian diaspora have traveled to the Caucasus, answering the call of Yerevan to defend the disputed land. On the other, the magazine Foreign Policy mentioned 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian fighters deployed on… Continue reading The Role of Foreign Fighters in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Weeks after firing an internal whistleblower who called for Facebook to crack down on a massive network of fake activity connected to Azerbaijan’s ruling party, Facebook has removed more than 1,000 accounts and close to 8,000 pages. Facebook linked the operation to the Youth Union of the governing New Azerbaijani Party. It said the accounts… Continue reading It Took Facebook More Than A Year And A Whistleblower To Remove A Troll Farm Connected To Azerbaijan’s Ruling Party
One would have to be careful not to hastily read Russia’s lack of public reaction as an indication that it has given up on the South Caucasus. Much of the punditry on what can now be called the “Second Karabakh War” has focused on a curious apparent absentee. Moscow has, surprisingly, been relatively silent on… Continue reading Russia’s Curious Silence in Nagorno Karabakh: Missing in Action or Biding Its Time?