Narek S. Galstyan
has a PhD in political science and is an assistant professor at Yerevan State University, Armenia. His publications deal with European integration, Europeanisation, Armenia’s foreign and security policy, the EU’s security policy in the South Caucasus and regionalisation. His ma...
- Turkey as a humanitarian actor: the critical cases of Somalia and Syria
Pinar Tank , 17 March 2015
- Africa’s pre-eminent peacemaker? An appraisal of South Africa’s peacemaking role in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Milfrid Tonheim , Gerrie Swart , 6 February 2015
- African development: what role do the rising powers play?
Elling N. Tjønneland , 23 January 2015
- Conflicting dilemmas: economic growth, natural resources and indigenous populations in South America
María A. Guzmán-Gallegos , 3 November 2014
- Brazil’s involvement in peacekeeping operations: the new defence-security-foreign policy nexus
Monica Hirst , Reginaldo Mattar Nasser , 30 September 2014
- The discursive articulation of the concept of the “rising power”: perceptions, stances and interests in Brazil, Russia and Turkey
Licínia Simão , Teresa Almeida Cravo , André Barrinha , Reginaldo Mattar Nasser , 24 September 2014
- South America’s economic and political landscape: recent developments and trends
Alcides Costa Vaz , 17 September 2014
The main dimensions of Armenia’s foreign and security policy
Narek S. Galstyan, 26 March 2013
This policy brief surveys the core principles and objectives of Armenia’s foreign policy, which is influenced by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani-Turkish blockade and isolation of Armenia, Turkey’s unwillingness to settle relations with Armenia without preconditions, Armenia’s dependence on Georgian transit routes and its excessive dependence on Russia in strategic areas of its economy. To deal with these negative influences, Armenia’s foreign policy includes a military-strategic alliance with Russia, a regional partnership with Iran, and deepening relations with the EU, U.S. and NATO.
The main conclusions of this analysis are as follows:
- The policy of Turkey and Azerbaijan towards Armenia is destructive. There are no essential changes in their policy toward Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, despite various agreements, the calls of the international community and Armenia’s readiness to find compromise solutions.
- To diversify its energy and communication routes in order to balance Turkey’s influence, Armenia should develop relations with Iran, but international sanctions against that country adversely affect Armenia’s security. A military strike against Iran over the nuclear weapons issue would have extremely negative consequences for Armenia.
- Armenia should deepen its relations with the West and Russia to balance the influence of these powers on its affairs.