The end of the Cold War in 1991 did not mean the end of "Frozen Conflicts", conflicts between states that are locked 'frozen' in a state of attrition. The Europe and Transatlantic Committees will look at two examples of Frozen Conflicts today. Transnistria (or Trans-Dniester) declared its independence from Moldova in 1990, and after a brief war in 1992, the government of Moldova has no control over the region. Today, Transnistria remains unrecognized by the international community, only recognized as an independent state by other unrecognized breakaway states. Moldovan and Transnistrian authorities continue to respect the 1992 ceasefire that ended the civil war, but OSCE negotiations since then have not yielded a solution.
Nagorno-Karabakh, a region of Azerbaijan with a large population of Armenians, has been the source of conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia since 1988, when the two states went to war over the region. Today the two states remain under a tense ceasefire, and the OSCE Minsk Group, a trilateral group of OSCE members (France, US, and Russia) has yet to find a workable peace in the region.
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When: Tuesday, Feb. 27 - 11:30 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 1:30 am
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