In late November, the U.S. State Department gave its seal of approval for the sale of advanced Javelin anti-tank missiles to Georgia, which has long coveted them. But how Georgia deploys the new weapons—and how that is interpreted by Russia—may do more to determine Georgian security than the missiles themselves.
After years of “frozen conflict,” full-scale fighting broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in April 2016. Since then, Armenia and Azerbaijan have flirted with another round of combat. In an email interview, Audrey Altstadt explains why the sides seem trapped.