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Frozen Conflicts Undermine Nuclear Security

Heads of delegation at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2016. Eurasia was one of the focus areas of the event, and the presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine all attended the gathering. (Photo: Armenian Presidential Press Service)

The renewal of armed conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave can potentially have global ramifications, participants at the recent nuclear security summit in Washington cautioned.
 
A concern articulated in national progress reports prepared for the March 31-April 1 summit by several Eurasian governments was how corrosive the region’s ethnic and border disputes are to global nuclear security. The chaotic conditions that accompany such conflicts can make it easier for terrorists and criminal groups to get their hands on, and transport, nuclear or radioactive materials that can subsequently be used in a terror operation.
 

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Richard Weitz is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute.

Frozen Conflicts Undermine Nuclear Security

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