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“Armenia and Azerbaijan. Anatomy of a Rivalry,” a book by Laurence Broers was released this month by Edinburgh University Press. Broers is the Caucasus Programme director at the Conciliation Resources, a British charity involved in Karabakh peace efforts.

Broers is also the co-founder of the Caucasus Survey journal and an expert with Chatham House. In April 2017 Broers presented a portion of the research for his book at the USC Armenian Studies conference.

According to the published description, Broers’ book “analyses the 30-year conflict for control over the contested territory of Nagorny Karabakh.

  • Provides a complete overview of historical, territorial, domestic, strategic, international and mediation perspectives
  • Moves beyond chronological narrative and comparative analysis of post-Soviet conflicts
  • Draws on the author’s experience of over a decade as a practitioner of Armenian–Azerbaijani peace-building efforts
  • Informed by fieldwork conducted in 2014–16 across the conflict and interviews with political and societal actors
  • Uses theoretical frameworks to draw comparisons with other international, long-term rivalries, such as India–Pakistan and Arab states–Israel.”

The description notes that: “the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict for control of the mountainous territory of Nagorny Karabakh is the longest-running dispute in post-Soviet Eurasia. Laurence Broers shows how decades of dynamic territorial politics, shifting power relations, international diffusion and unsuccessful mediation efforts have contributed to the resilience of this stubbornly unresolved dispute.”