Russia just ended a bloody war on its former territory by diplomacy.
Russia’s standing as a peace broker in Syria and its trusted diplomatic power was no doubt key to averting the brink of disaster in the Caucasus.
The Nagorno-Karabakh region has been contested between Yerevan and Baku since the fall of the USSR but things remained mostly quiet after the end of the war for the region in 1994. Now Turkey has become a new world player.
Few geopolitical hot spots across the planet may rival the Caucasus: that intractable, tribal Tower of Babel, throughout History a contentious crossroads of empires from the Levant and nomads from the Eurasian steppes. And it gets even messier when one adds the fog of war.