Armenian-Azerbaijani Border Clashes in Tavush Province: The Battle of Hilltops

By Grigor Hakobyan


Heavy border clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces have been preceded by a number of social, political, economic and geopolitical factors shaping the region and directly impacted both countries, especially the political stability within Azerbaijan itself. The recent flareup saw active use of combat UAVs and special forces between militarily equivalent states of the region. Azerbaijani military is known for its quantitative advantages over Armenian armed forces, while the Armenian military is known for its qualitative advantages over Azerbaijani armed forces. Both sides of the conflict possess significant firepower sufficient to destroy each other over a short period of time. As such, the balance of power has contributed to relatively peaceful coexistence since the end of 1988-1994 Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Artsakh with frequent escalations and border skirmishes for the last twenty-six years.

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