Statement on Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and Azerbaijan Conflict

October 15, 2020

On September 27, 2020, the Republic of Azerbaijan launched a large-scale military operation against the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) in the South Caucasus. The attack, which is the largest violation to date of a ceasefire agreement signed in 1994, has already cost more than 1,000 Armenian and Azerbaijani lives. Throughout, there have been worries that the conflict might grow into a regional war, ethnic cleansing, or a second Armenian Genocide.

The Sara Corning Centre for Genocide Education has often found itself disappointed with the quantity and quality of the reporting on this conflict. Articles have become more common over the past week, but too many of them mischaracterize the conflict as a war over territory, a nationalist war, or a religious war. To help teachers navigate this event, we’d like to recommend these three student-friendly resources: two articles and one video.