What is it about?

The article looks into the sources of the foreign policy-making of the post-2018 populist regime in Armenia. It identifies a chain of mistakes and flaws in the decision-making and anti-institutional practices which left Armenia alone and allowed Azerbaijan to unleash the war.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show how Armenia's post-2018 government's contradictory statements, zigzagging rhetoric and deeds, and populist assertions for short-term political gains concerning the Karabakh conflict, deepened the long-existing (geo)political and institutional rifts.


It took more than a year to finish this research. It was a painful process to conclude it given that we started it before the 2020-war but finished after it.

Dr. Vahram H. Ter-Matevosyan
American University of Armenia

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This page is a summary of: From ‘revolution’ to war: deciphering Armenia’s populist foreign policy-making process, Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, August 2022, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2022.2111111.
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