Armenia in Crisis
The collapse of communism has seen the eruption of ethnic wars from the Balkans to the Caucasus. One of the most explosive and dangerous of these involves Armenia and Azerbaijan. Their dispute revolves around Nagorno-Karabakh, an overwhelmingly Armenian populated enclave within Azerbaijan. Since fighting broke out in 1988, thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands have become refugees. The war threatens to widen and become even more destructive.
Richard Hovannisian is professor of Armenian and Near Eastern History at UCLA. A distinguished scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, he is a frequent guest on major national and international news programs. Among his many books are Armenia on the Road to Independence and The Armenian Genocide.