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The Latest In Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, Plus Armenian Community Response In LA




Armenian-Americans hold signs and flags as they protest against the conflict between Azerbaijan and the Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and Turkey's support for Azerbaijan in front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
Armenian-Americans hold signs and flags as they protest against the conflict between Azerbaijan and the Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and Turkey's support for Azerbaijan in front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC.
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A Russian attempt to broker a cease-fire to end the worst outbreak of hostilities over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in more than a quarter-century has failed to get any traction, with rivals Azerbaijan and Armenia trading blame for new attacks.

The failure of the truce that was supposed to begin Saturday reflects the uncompromising positions of the two South Caucasus nations that have stymied decades of diplomatic efforts. The escalation of fighting raises the specter of a wider conflict that could draw in Russia and Turkey and threaten Caspian Sea energy exports.

We check in on the latest with the conflict, as well as with the Armenian community in Los Angeles.

With files from the Associated Press.

Guests: 

Shushan Karapetian, deputy director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies

Djene Bajalan, assistant professor of Middle Eastern history at Missouri State University; he tweets @djenebajalan