While Anthony Bourdain's cultural escapades often see him enter some pretty frightening territory as the host of CNN's Parts Unknown, the celebrity chef usually manages to escape all potentially grim situations unscathed. But the professional globetrotter, who is no stranger to courting controversy and advancing his unvarnished opinion on just about everything, recently found himself in a new realm this week when he got banned from the entire country of Azerbaijan.
Bourdain and his crew unwittingly violated an Azerbaijani law by traveling to the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Armenia, which has been a hotbed of regional and ethnic conflict between the two countries since 1988, according to a report by The Washington Post. Nagorno-Karabakh's legislators voted to join Armenia after the collapse of the Soviet empire, promulgating a war with Azerbaijan in 1992. Eventually, Russia brokered a cease-fire to help end the conflict, but the fallout from the ugly war has significantly marred relations between the countries, with occasional violence flaring up along the border earlier this year.