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Structure or agency? Explaining Armenia’s foreign policy evolution

John H.S. Aberg () and Aram Terzyan ()
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John H.S. Aberg: Malmö University, Sweden
Aram Terzyan: Malmö University, Sweden

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2018, vol. 9(1), 151-172

Abstract: The article scrutinizes Armenia’s foreign policy trajectory since its independence. It applies a model of foreign policy analysis that takes into account structural, dispositional, and intentional dimensions and outlines a more dynamic structure-agency interplay. By contrast to reductionist system-level explanations, the argument is that individual-level factors such as the perceptions and beliefs of Armenia’s presidents are central to understanding why Armenia embarked on a foreign policy path where it became economically and militarily absorbed by Russia. The case study of Armenia’s foreign policy serves as a plausibility probe that illustrates the relevance of individual-level factors in foreign policy decision making. The article thus offers insights into the foreign policy of a small state.

Keywords: structure; agency; small state; Armenia; Russia; foreign policy; post-Soviet space (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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