The Fight for Self Determination between Armenia and Azerbaijan - Ep. 81


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Today we seek to gain a broader understanding of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Though a Russia- and Turkey-backed ceasefire agreement was signed, the people of Armenia are unhappy as it cedes a significant portion of the southern part of the Republic of Artsakh (also known as Nagorno-Karabakh). On Sept. 27, 2020 Azerbaijan attacked the disputed territory and a proclaimed independent region, the Republic of Artsakh. The historical and unresolved conflict over this mountainous region is long-standing. To fully understand the issues and what is needed for resolution, we dive into the history of these countries and the land occupation, how Turkey and Russia have influenced and benefit from an ongoing conflict, and why there exists an intergenerational, emotional connection for Armenians around the world. We will also explore the rich cultural significance of the region and Armenia, the role of the international community, and the connection to Climate change and oil politics. In this episode we speak with Vaché Thomassian, Glendale Board Member of Armenian National Committee of America [] and Dr. Djene Rhys Bajalan, Assistant Professor at Missouri State University. Djene Rhys Bajalan is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Missouri State University []. His research focuses on Middle Eastern affairs and he has previously taught and studied in the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Iraqi Kurdistan. Vaché Thomassian is a practicing attorney and international relations professional who has been an activist in the Armenian community for many years. Articles by Dr. Djene Bajalan: More info from ANCA: Podcast Website: Support the Podcast: Hosted by Jessica Aldridge Engineer: Blake Lampkin Executive Producer: Jack Eidt Producer: Emilia Barrosse Show Created by Mark and JP Morris Music: Javier Kadry Episode 81 Photo courtesy Vaché Thomassian

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