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Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
13 | November | 2020

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on a truce, negotiated with Russia, for peace in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, in an attempt to end the escalation of violence in a region whose sovereignty has been contested by the two countries for decades. The agreement is causing a political crisis in Armenia and reflects Azerbaijan's likely military Victory. Azerbaijan will maintain sovereignty over the conquered territories and restore Armenian-controlled provinces on the Nagorno-Karabakh border.

 

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Putin and Constitutional Reform in Russia
25 | March | 2020

On 15 January, during his speech to the Nation, Vladimir Putin announced a constitutional reform that will give Parliament more powers and promote the Council of State of an advisory body to the Constitutional body. Dmitry Medvedev's government immediately resigned and the chief of the Tax Authority, Michail Mishustin, was appointed Prime Minister. The mention, during the speech, to an end of the limitation "maximum of two terms in a row" in the Presidency launched the debate on the political future of the Russian President.

 

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United States - Iran Tensions
27 | January | 2020

The death of General Soleimani in Iraq, commander of the Quds unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, by order of the American President, increased the level of tension between the two countries and across the Middle East. In retaliation, Iran announced that it would remove limits on enriching uranium and launched a missile battery against U.S. bases in Iraq. On the other hand, fearing a new conflict on national territory, the Iraqi Parliament has called all foreign forces to leave the country.

 

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Turkish operation in Syria
25 | October | 2019

After the US withdrawal from northern Syria, Turkey has launched a military operation in the against the Syrian Democratic Forces, with fighter from the Kurdish YPG, long-standing allies of the United States. Suffering heavy casualties and lost territory, the Kurds are now negotiating support with Assad and Putin. What will be the impact of this new escalation in the Syrian conflict for Europe, the United States, and upon political and security dynamics in the Middle East?

 

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