Armenia, the Regional Powers, and the West Between History and Geopolitics

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This work represents the first systematic study of Armenia's foreign policy during the post-independence period, between 1991 and 2005. It explores four sets of relationships with Armenia's major historical 'partners': Russia, Iran, Turkey and the West (Europe and the United States). Each relationship reveals a complex reality of a continuous negotiation between ideas of history, collective memory, nationalism and geopolitics. As a result, an important conclusion of this work is that an analysis of a small state's foreign policy is best captured by looking at regional dynamics rather than more structural approaches to international politics. For Armenia, his book argues that although its foreign policy has been severely constrained, it was nonetheless adept at carving a space for action that privileged the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh over other geopolitical imperatives.

Author Biography

Alla Mirzoyan received her PhD from Florida International University in December 2007. She has taught various courses in International relations including International relations of the Middle East. She currently works at the US Civilian Research and Development Foundation in Arlington.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Research Landscapep. 4
Basic Parameters of Armenia's Security Environmentp. 9
Chapter Outlinep. 16
Russia: "The Indispensable Ally?"p. 21
Introductionp. 21
History and Perceptionsp. 22
The Battle of the Narrativesp. 25
1991-1998; The Deem Realityp. 30
1998-2005: The End of Platonic Lovep. 39
Conclusionp. 53
Turkey: "The Other"p. 55
Introductionp. 55
A Glance at Historyp. 59
1991-1998: The Chimera of "Pragmatism"p. 62
1998-2005: A Never Ending Story?p. 89
Conclusionp. 106
Iran: "The Permanent Alternative"p. 107
Introductionp. 107
Careful Engagementp. 108
Conclusionp. 132
The West: "Ambiguous Modern"p. 135
Introductionp. 135
Armenia and the United Statesp. 137
European Institutionsp. 161
Conclusionp. 173
Conclusion "Ideational Redlines" and" Structural Dynamics"p. 175
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 239
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