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The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno Karabakh has continued for over three decades and peace continues to remain elusive, writes Onnik James Krikorian in this op-ed for commonspace.eu. Populist rhetoric and combative media reports reinforce entrenched positions in both societies, but the situation has become markedly worse with the emergence of a new battleground – social media.
"Two weeks after the panel in Munich, it became clear that it represented a certain shift in the direction of the conflict resolution process," writes Murad Muradov in this op-ed for commonspace.eu. Following Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan's meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz last week, he argues that "efficient pursuit of the peace track will require a more consistent foreign policy from Yerevan that is less dependent on daily domestic developments."
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Türkiye and Syria on 6 February 2023. More than 40,000 people have died as a result of the earthquake in Türkiye alone at the time of writing. Nations from all over the world sent aid missions in response to this catastrophe, which caused suffering for millions of people as well as the devastation of dozens of residential districts. Türkiye's neighbor Armenia was one of the first states that extended its helping hand.