Pashinyan’s Unclear Vision for Armenian Foreign Policy

By Eduard Abrahamyan

March 21, 2019

The past two months saw Armenia engaged in an extraordinary flurry of diplomatic activity. Shortly after the parliament approved the post–Velvet Revolution government’s draft foreign policy program in early February, an Armenian delegation led by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan paid an official visit to Iran (Armenpress.am, February 27). Afterwards, on March 3, Pashinyan headed to Brussels to hold talks with high-level officials from the European Union regarding stepping up cooperation within the frameworks of the Armenia-EU Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement, adopted in 2018 (Azatutyun.am, March 4, 2019; Europa.eu, June 19, 2018).

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Armenia Reasserts Itself Amidst Constant Threats of War From Azerbaijan

By Grigor Hakobyan

Summary:

Azerbaijan has unexpectedly begun large-scale military exercises along both lines of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Artsakh and Nakhijevan. In fact, this is the third large scale military exercise in a row while the new year has barely begun. The offensive nature of these military exercises and the number of military personnel, and hardware involved overshadows the upcoming meeting between the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and their ministers of foreign affairs Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Elmar Mammadyarov organized by the cochairs of OSCE Minsk Group.

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