1st Edition

Post-Soviet Armenia The New National Elite and the New National Narrative

By Irina Ghaplanyan Copyright 2018
    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenia has struggled to establish itself, with a faltering economy, emigration of the intelligentsia and the weakening of civil society. This book explores how a new national elite has emerged and how it has constructed a new national narrative to suit Armenia’s new circumstances. The book examines the importance of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, considers the impact of fraught relations with Turkey and the impact of relations with other neighbouring states including Russia, and discusses the poorly-developed role of the very large Armenian diaspora. Overall, the book provides a key overview to understanding the forces shaping all aspects of present-day Armenia.

    1. Introduction

    2. Armenia’s Political Elites?

    3. Constructing and Deconstructing National Narrative

    4. The Nerve or Armenian Politics – Nagorno-Karabakh

    5. Turkey: Confronting the Past, Surviving the Present

    6. Diaspora: Armenia’s Failed Marriage

    7. Zero Axes

    8. Conclusion


    Irina Ghaplanyan is an independent scholar and was formerly a lecturer at the American University of Armenia, Yerevan.