In the latest analysis of developments in Armenian foreign policy, RSC Director Richard Giragosian co-authored an article with Ellen Hokhikyan in Armenian, entitled “Նոր «վստահության ճգնաժամ» Հայաստանի արտաքին քաղաքականության մեջ” (“A New ‘Crisis of Confidence’ in Armenian Foreign Policy”), that was published on 25 March by the 1in.am electronic news agency.
English-language summary excerpt:
“Nearly every assessment of Armenian foreign policy focuses on the danger of the country’s over-dependence on Russia. And although such a focus is both accurate and necessary, a new, unexpected challenge to Armenian foreign policy has emerged in recent months. This surprising challenge comes from the United States, which has directly threatened and pressured Armenia in two separate areas of foreign policy.
Despite a long standing and stable bilateral relationship, the U.S. has been especially outspoken and aggressive in its criticism of Armenia, for its ties to Iran and over its operational deployment to Syria…….the sudden and assertive tone of U.S. criticism has sparked an unprecedented “crisis of confidence,” with some concerns over the possibility of U.S. sanctions against Armenia.”