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Swinging on a Pendulum: Armenia in the Eurasian Economic Union and With the European Union


Auteur(s): 
Syuzanna VASILYAN
Editions: 
Routledge
Collection: 
Problems of Post Communism Journal
Année: 
2016
ISBN: 
ISSN: 1075-8216 (Print) 1557-783X (Online)

Syuzanna VASILYAN

in Problems of Post Communism Journal, Online first article DOI: 10.1080/10758216.2016.1163230

Abstract

The article aims to explain Armenia’s foreign policy shift from its pre-signature of the Association Agreement (AA)/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the European Union (EU) in favor of joining the Customs Union (CU)/Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). It uncovers the factors in different policy spheres by examining data and scores, and draws on public opinion to investigate whether it was in sync with the presidential announcement. While Armenia is “swinging on a pendulum,” the study considers the challenges of being a member of the EEU and the repercussions for the country’s relations with the EU.