In summer 2020, the decade-long tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh flared up once again, and the countries are on the verge of another full-scale war. Another conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh may endanger the security and stability of the whole region, as well as lead to tensions between the involved actors on both sides, mainly Russia, Turkey and Iran. The EU, event though Armenia and Azerbaijan are both EU partner countries under the Eastern Partnership, has been largely inactive in this issue in the past. It should therefore mobilize all its efforts to bring about a sustainable political solution, and avoid another frozen conflict in its backyard.
Corruption, often represented as an issue that only developing countries would have to deal with, actually exists in the global north and south. It is, therefore, a worldwide concern and poses significant challenges to peace, stability and democracy as well as social equality and development around the globe. Thus, multilateral institutions and global leaders will have to step up their game to finally break cycles of corruption and bring about sustainable development.