Turkey is sponsoring additional Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations on the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in an apparent effort to hasten the normalization of its historically strained ties with Armenia.
Confronted with widespread international criticism over its actions in Georgia, Russia is eager to show that it can still serve as a peace broker the post-Soviet area. A primary Kremlin aim appears to be checking any further advance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The Kurdish issue, specifically the matter of establishing a homeland for Kurds, has complicated efforts to stabilize Iraq. Now, there is growing concern among international experts that the Kurdish question could become a source of tension, and possibly conflict in the South Caucasus.
EU officials touring the South Caucasus this week were confronted by heated words from President Ilham Aliyev, who told them Azerbaijan is ready to "wage war" with neighboring Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Mediators seeking to break the deadlock surrounding the Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks believe they have developed "just and constructive solutions" to existing negotiating dilemmas. However, the initial responses from Armenia and Azerbaijan indicate that a peace deal is not imminent.
The differences between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh may at times seem never-ending, but in their response to what appears to be an ongoing cyber conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani hackers, residents of both countries are standing united in a push for peace.