The Caspian Post: The Battle of Shusha and the 2nd Karabakh War

John Spencer is the chair of Urban Warfare Studies at MWI (the Modern War Institute) at West Point – America’s top Military Academy. Here he talks about the 2020 2nd Karabakh War and why it has students of military tactics re-thinking the nature of modern warfare.

John’s particular interest is the Battle of Shusha, the conflict’s dramatic culmination and pivotal victory. The battle, he explains, underlines the continued key importance of strategic cities in winning a campaign.

For further information, read John’s influential article on the battle here and a longer July 2021 discussion on the campaign here: “THE BATTLE OF SHUSHA CITY AND THE MISSED LESSONS OF THE 2020 NAGORNO-KARABAKH WAR”:

John’s excellent series of regular podcasts on urban warfare can be found here. Listen to the The Caspian Podcast on:



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