But what does this recent spike in conflict mean for the region? And why are the fears of war so suddenly springing forth after decades of relative ease? The troubling answers here could be boiling from other conflicts in the world, as their influence may finally be spreading to other disputes and lighting fuses. With the war in Syria reaching new heights, as well as the tensions between Russia and Turkey, it is likely that this latest round of violence is a symptom of a much larger problem with the region.
At this particular time it will be most interesting to see how the two big backers, Russia (in support of Armenia) and Turkey (supporting Azerbaijan) handle the escalation, especially considering recent events stemming from the conflict in Syria. Though Russia has already made calls for an end to violence, while Turkey has instead vowed to back Azerbaijan "to the end" which could very well mean military conflicts. It is most likely that Turkey will use this outburst to take another swing against the Russian agenda, even if it is not as outright as shooting down a plane.