Vardan Ghaplanyan is an Armenia-Azerbaijan Researcher at ACLED. He has a PhD in International relations and history focusing on regional conflicts in the Caucasus. His research interests include international history, conflict, and political developments in the Caucasus and neighboring countries.

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
20-26 February 2021

Last week in Central Asia and the Caucasus, violence continued between the Taliban and Afghan forces, as well as the targeted killing of civilians. There were new developments in the intra-Afghan talks and US troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan. In the de facto Republic of Artsakh, remnant landmines continue to inflict civilian casualties. Meanwhile, anti-government protests…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
30 January-5 February 2021

Last week, violence in Afghanistan continued between the Taliban and government forces. The Taliban was also targeted by the Islamic State (IS), while Afghan forces clashed with another militia led by an anti-Taliban insurgent. In the de facto Republic of Artsakh, remnant landmines inflicted casualties on civilians and military forces for another week. Protests took…

Regional Overview: Central Asia and the Caucasus
13 December 2020-8 January 2021

Over the past month in Central Asia and the Caucasus, violence in Afghanistan between the Taliban and Afghan Forces remained steady. The Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda also conducted attacks, including targeted killings of civilians at a higher rate. Several clashes took place in the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) region between Azerbaijani forces and Armenian armed…