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Dissecting political landscape of post-war Armenia


  • Aram TERZYAN

    (Research Director of Center for East European and Russian Studies, Eurasia InstitutesCalifornia, USA)


This paper explores the political landscape of post-war Armenia, focusing on both domestic and foreign policy implications of the devastating war of 2020. More specifically, it aims at explaining the aftermath of the 2020 war, with a special emphasis on Armenia’s growing dependence on Russia. Since September 2020, Armenia has plunged into a deep crisis. The Nagorno-Karabakh war had a series of implications, both for conflicting parties and a wider region. The ceasefire agreement which entailed huge territorial concessions took many by surprise and raised questions as to the transparency and accountability of the government. Although the Russian-brokered ceasefire ended the hostilities, yet it left many fundamental matters unanswered. Furthermore, the war has exacerbated the pre-existing divisions amongst the foremost political actors and the general public. Combined with the war and its aftermath, the COVID-19 pandemic has also invited challenges, which resulted in an increased human toll, slowdown of economy, and deepened public anger and mistrust of the authorities. The situation is compounded by Armenia’s deepening dependence on Russia, which has been largely treated as war-torn Armenia’s irreplaceable ally by the Armenian leadership

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  • Aram TERZYAN, 2022. "Dissecting political landscape of post-war Armenia," CES Working Papers, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 14(2), pages 151-165, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:jes:wpaper:y:2022:v:14:i:2:p:151-165

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