Engagement has focused more on economic cooperation than conflict resolution.
Hi-tech weapon systems bought with oil revenue ultimately tipped the balance.
The tactical flexibility and impressive self-confidence that fueled Pashinyan’s rise to power have become his biggest weaknesses.
With both Armenia and Azerbaijan as neighbours, Tbilisi has long tried to stay neutral.
Opposition protests continue over terms of treaty with Azerbaijan.
With questions remaining over implementation, any move towards reconciliation seems far away.
Refusing to accept election outcome, opposition demands fresh polls.
Moscow’s role, as in other secessionist conflicts in the region, has been key.
“We need 12 billion US dollars investment to create 300,000 more jobs.”
The scale of hostilities, including the use of precision-guided weapons, has already exceeded previous escalations.