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Iran’s Stakes in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

October 15, 2020

Episode Notes:

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh has entered its third week. The fighting is intense after a ceasefire agreed upon last weekend seems to be unravelling. Regional powers all have a stake in the outcome. Turkey is backing Azerbaijan. Russia has tried to balance relations with all parties, while supporting Armenia. But where does Iran — which shares a border with Armenia and Azerbaijan — come down on this conflict?

To help us answer that question, we’re joined by Dr. Ariane Tabatabai. Dr. Tabatabai is the Middle East fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, adjunct senior research scholar at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and is the author of a new book, No Conquest, No Defeat: Iran's National Security Strategy, which will be released in the United States on Oct. 15.

Follow Ariane on Twitter: @ArianeTabatabai


[ 01:19 ] How does Iran view the crisis in the South Caucasus?

[ 04:09 ] Does Iran favor Armenia or Azerbaijan in this conflict?

[ 07:00 ] Under what conditions would Iran intervene more directly in the conflict (either diplomatically or militarily)?

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