Identity Conflicts? The Sense of ‘Victimhood’ and the Enemy Images of Turkey and Azerbaijan in the Foreign Policy Discourse of Armenia

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Identity Conflicts? The Sense of ‘Victimhood’ and the Enemy Images of Turkey and Azerbaijan in the Foreign Policy Discourse of Armenia

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dc.contributor.author Terzyan, Aram
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-27T12:26:56Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-27T12:26:56Z
dc.date.issued 2018 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1335-9096 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/27239
dc.description.abstract Students of Armenia’s foreign policy have broadly treated the troubled relations with neighboring Azerbaijan and Turkey as an unsurprising consequence of the long-standing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It is taken for granted that the volatile geopolitics of the South Caucasus region is the core rationale behind the perpetual confrontations and hostilities (Melander, 2001; Shaffer, 2009). However, this line of thinking tends to overlook the ideational landscape of the turbulence . This article argues that modern Armenia’s political identity has been characterized by an acute sense of ‘victimhood’ arising from the memory of the Armenian Genocide, and that Turkey plays an important role as an ‘Other’, which enhances Armenia’s self-image as a ‘victim’. It suggests that negative images of Turkey and its ally Azerbaijan are deeply embedded, rather than being a product of manipulation. Yet the ruling elite has consistently appealed to the enemy images in attempts to assert Armenia’s ‘victimhood’, divert attention from complex problems and legitimate its power by presenting country’s plight as ‘structurally inevitable’ in its ‘dog-eat-dog’ neighborhood. Furthermore, it argues that Armenia’s self-image of a ‘victim’ has significantly affected the treatment of Russia as an indispensable security ally. en_US
dc.format.extent 25
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Saint Cyril and Metodius in Trnava en_US
dc.subject ‘Self’-‘Other’ en_US
dc.subject Armenian-Turkish en_US
dc.subject Armenian-Azerbaijani relations en_US
dc.subject Victim en_US
dc.subject Enemy en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Identity Conflicts? The Sense of ‘Victimhood’ and the Enemy Images of Turkey and Azerbaijan in the Foreign Policy Discourse of Armenia en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Global Political Studies (GPS)
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Slovak Journal of Political Sciences;2
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 18 en_US
dc.description.authorversion No en_US
dc.contributor.centre Malmö University. Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR) en_US
dcterms.identifier.OAurl http://sjps.fsvucm.sk/index.php/sjps/article/view/76 en_US
dc.format.ePage 179
dc.format.sPage 155
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