Armenia, the Regional Powers, and the West: Between History by A. Mirzoyan

By A. Mirzoyan

This paintings represents the 1st systematic learn of Armenia's overseas coverage in the course of the post-independence interval, among 1991 and 2005. It explores 4 units of relationships with Armenia's significant old 'partners': Russia, Iran, Turkey and the West (Europe and the United States).

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Karabakh issue as a separate issue no longer exists. ”16 This traditional Armenian loyalty partly explains why the leaders of the Nagorno-Karabakh movement at its initial changes sought a resolution within the Soviet legal framework. Despite the growing anger 26 A r m e n i a , t h e R e g i o n a l P o w e r s , a n d t h e W e s t against Moscow, Armenians preferred to stay within the peaceful forms of protest, expressed in hunger strikes and public rallies. Throughout 1989–1990, movement’s leaders headed by Levon Ter-Petrosyan insisted on constitutional solution.

The coalition government that was formed following the elections reflected the combined preferences of the majority of the public, a remarkable situation in the postwar Armenian society, particularly considering the enormous unpopularity of Ter-Petrosyan in the last years of his presidency. There was a prevailing atmosphere of hope, exhilaration, and confidence in the future. In this light, the October 27 assassinations of Vazgen Sarkisyan and Karen Demirchyan during the session of the Armenian National Assembly dealt a massive blow to the political trust and social expectations.

Yet, similar to Armenia, domestic changes also affected Russian foreign policy accents.

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