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Armenia and AzerbaijanAnatomy of a Rivalry$
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Laurence Broers

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474450522

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450522.001.0001

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Unrecognised Reality

Unrecognised Reality

(p.249) 8 Unrecognised Reality
Armenia and Azerbaijan

Laurence Broers

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the unrecognized entity, or ‘de facto state’, that has emerged and survived in Nagorny Karabakh since 1991. The chapter begins by examining the polarised portrayals of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) as either a vibrant self-determining state or the puppet of an occupying power. The chapter then examines the political structures and institutions of the NKR, before then examining its political economy. It argues that the NKR is a political formation characterised by strategic integration with Armenia and tactical expressions of independent sovereignty. The chapter then examines the scope of democratisation in the entity, and the challenges posed by its layered geographies and the emergence of new human geographies within them.

Keywords:   Armenia, Nagorny Karabakh, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Unrecognised state, De facto state, Occupied territories

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