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In September 2013, the Armenian President surprised many by announcing a sudden “U-turn” in Armenian policy, promising that Armenia would join Russia’s “Customs Union” project. That single decision significantly weakened the chance for an Association Agreement and related Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement between Armenia and the European Union. The impact of that unilateral decision also added a new threat to the country’s important reform program. But as the decision sank in, the Armenian public concluded that it went too far – even for generally pro-Russian Armenian society. This article demonstrates that anger over Russian pressure has grown, and with Armenia’s increasing dependence on Russia and thus its weakening sense of sovereignty, there is a backlash against both the Armenian President and Moscow.

 

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Foreword How much time is twenty years? Long enough to inspire, or short enough to be unnoticeable? Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) was published for the first time in February 2002. We are celebrating its 20th anniversary with this issue. While much has changed since then, we believe the values that guide TPQ are as relevant and important as ever. There was then and there is now a chance for us all to...
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