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Border skirmishes and casualties on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border have raised fears of the possibility of a new war in the South Caucasus. The war between Russia and Georgia in August 2008 ended the extended cold war in the region. Attempts by Russia, the European Union and Turkey to establish regional order, together with the survival strategies pursued by the nation states that comprise the Caucasus, have shaped the geopolitical landscape of the region since 2008 .With Karabakh's status pending, the South Caucasus has virtually broken up into six separate states.Ankara also initiated a Caucasus Cooperation and Stability Platform, bringing together Russia, Turkey and the three Caucasian states with the aim of building up an inclusive order in the region.In 2009, the EU launched its Eastern Partnership initiative to improve engagement and support for political and economic stability in the Caucasus.The status quo in the Caucasus is unsustainable, and a regional war is a real danger.The situation in the Caucasus needs immediate action. To prevent another regional war, Russia, the EU and Turkey must address the situation as soon as possible.
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