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Armenia’s Diaspora – its role and influence 14 décembre 2014

Posted by Acturca in Caucasus / Caucase, History / Histoire, Russia / Russie, Turkey / Turquie, USA / Etats-Unis.
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FCO Research Analyst paper (Foreign & Commonwealth Office)

9 December 2014

Armenia has, in proportional terms, the largest Diaspora of any former Soviet state, much of it concentrated in Russia, the US and France. This has been a huge source of support for the Armenian state.  But it’s also periodically acted as a brake on Yerevan’s scope for manoeuvre, particularly over the Nagorny Karabakh dispute and relations with Turkey.  This is likely to remain the case in future.

The most politically active Armenian Diaspora community is the US one, whose focus on achieving official US recognition of the 1915 ‘genocide’ is likely to intensify over the coming two years.  By contrast, the Armenian community in Russia remains largely disengaged from political lobbying – but might we see this change over time?

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