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Report: Nationalist Rhetoric on the Rise in Armenia and Azerbaijan

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan visits positions on the line of contact with Azerbaijan. (photo: president.am)

A new report has detailed how nationalist rhetoric has become more widespread across the societies of both Armenia and Azerbaijan since the two fought a brief war last April.

The April war and subsequent clashes "not only spur up tension and violence, but are also accompanied by significant ideological and discursive changes within the countries," the report, in the journal Caucasus Edition, said. "They contribute to the growth of militaristic and revanchist sentiments within the societies."

In Armenia, the political opposition to the government was neutered, as "[t]he aftermath of the hostilities saw a patriotic mobilization and hardening of attitudes toward the other side of the conflict," wrote the author of the Armenian section of the report, Mikayel Zolyan.

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Report: Nationalist Rhetoric on the Rise in Armenia and Azerbaijan

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