Saturday, 11 July 2020

E Editorial

The need for a political agenda

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Along with the April change of power, foreign policy developments began to be combined with internal political changes.

This is the classic case when the interconnectedness of domestic and foreign policy becomes apparent.

Immediately after the change of power, the issue of Armenian-Russian relations came to the fore. Will the change of government affect this relationship? It was assumed that the sensitive approach of Russia to the “color” revolutions cannot but reflect on these relations.

However, the new leadership of Armenia hastened to dispel Russia's fears: it explained that it was not a “color”, but a “velvet” revolution, emphasizing the purely internal character of the latter. Pashinyan reassured the Kremlin that domestic political changes would not affect the fulfillment of Armenia’s international obligations. On the other hand, Russia behaved extremely cautiously and correctly, saying that this is an internal problem of the Armenian people. This was an unprecedented step, given Russia's harsh reaction to the revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine earlier. Some Russian analysts say this is a consequence of the “Ukrainian lesson.” The West also behaved correctly, defiantly staying away from the internal political events of Armenia. Many international observers set Armenia as an example of how to formulate an internal agenda and avoid outside interference.

However, further developments have shown that the change of government affects the foreign policy. It was also the result of interconnectedness of domestic and foreign policy.

The controversial situation in the CSTO, in the center of which is Armenia, the visit of the national security adviser to the President of the United States – Bolton, to the region, the activation of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue make Armenia react. However, what kind of reaction and what kind of foreign policy agenda was formed at the new government of Armenia remains unclear for our citizens and experts.

Situational reactions in such matters can lead us to a dead end. And for a coherent policy, it is necessary to form a political agenda based on national interests. And the sooner, the better. This will determine not only the success of the foreign policy of Armenia, but taking into account the importance of the problem, also internal political stability.

This is the main challenge facing the new government today.

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