A Pardon Reignites Azerbaijan-Armenia Tensions – NYTimes.com

Wonder how wars start?  Failures at negotiation driven by strange events.  This compelling, odd, and horrifying story shows exactly how passions get inflamed, politicians play to their voters, and crises spiral downward:

If we have no process, what’s left is a vacuum, which gets filled with an escalation toward war; we’ll see how the Armenian side reacts, but that’s my fear,” said Thomas de Waal, a Caucasus specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. “It’s suddenly more dangerous.”

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