Cover Osteuropa 7-10/2015

In Osteuropa 7-10/2015

Blockade à Trois
The Triangular Relationship Armenia–Azerbaijan–Turkey

Gayane Novikova

Deutsche Fassung


International relations in the Southern Caucasus are still significantly determined by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Azerbaijan and Turkey are closely linked to one another and keep the border to Armenia closed. Isolated in this way, Armenia sees itself threatened by a massive arms build-up in Azerbaijan and leans on Russia for security. Armenia’s isolation benefits Georgia, which has thus become the sole transit country for exports. Attempts to dismantle the blockades by improving relations between Armenia and Turkey faltered in 2010 over the question of recognising the genocide against Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. Today, political relations are on ice, not only between Baku and Erevan, but also between Ankara and Erevan.

(Osteuropa 7-10/2015, pp. 427–441)