“Pan-Armenian idea” in modern conditions

“Pan-Armenian idea” in modern conditions

Diaspora is the most important component of the life of Armenia. Since the collapse of the USSR, each leader of the republic has been counting on resources of millions of foreign Armenians. Present-day Armenia, with its young revolutionary government, recognizing relative divide that exist in the diaspora, insists on the need to improve the level and quality of national self-organization.

Policy of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan defines preservation oan independent national state in the form of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh occupied by Armenia as its driving force. According to authorities' plan, provision of maximum assistance to Armenia with all occupied territories should contribute to development of relations with Armenian communities of the countries of near and far abroad.

Today Armenian leadership is actively developing the idea of pan-Armenian society by giving revolutionary nature to the entire consolidation process. But it will take a lot of time in order to overcome numerous domestic political problems, and during the year of his rule Pashinyan couldn't fulfill most of his promises: level of corruption remains high, shadow economy hasn't declined significantly. In order to not damage his image, Prime Minister proclaims indefinite nature of the revolution, during which he counts on popular support, while making unpopular decisions regarding political structure of Armenia. Given limited resources of the republic, Pashinyan is trying to gain support from abroad, hoping for diaspora's support.

In early August, during the opening of 7th Pan-Armenian Summer Games, which were held on the territory of occupied Karabakh for the first time, Pashinyan officially called for occupation regime and modern Armenia to be considered as a single entity. Prime Minister made it clear that Pan-Armenian idea is aimed at using potential of the diaspora in order to maintain Armenian aggression.

Introduction of the Nagorno-Karabakh topic into diasporal processes will eventually turn it into some kind of brand. In typical for Armenian diplomacy fashion, such ambition was immediately supported by Armenian President Armen Sarkissiyan, who called Karabakh a symbolic platform for discussion of national issues.

Armenian communities still live in different geopolitical conditions exist within the framework of different value systems, therefore their perception of the world is extremely different. This applies to socio-economic, cultural and political beliefs. Ideas of "liberation are supposed to create" diasporal unity.

Isolation of Armenian people from socio-cultural space of the South Caucasus causes skepticism regarding the policy pursued by Yerevan, since separatist component of the national idea can weaken statehood in the future.

Modern "pan-Armenian idea" views the South Caucasus region through the prism of balance of forces, in which it's necessary to mobilize society again and again for endless and meaningless confrontation. Promoting hatred and isolationism towards forces and groups that follow path of reconciliation with eastern neighbor, current Armenian ideology won't be able to resolve economic and political problems, achieve peace, prosperity and unity, neither in the region itself, nor in the diaspora.

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