Who should the West work with in Armenia?
The tragic events in and around Armenia have been developing faster this month than we could ever imagine.
After the painful defeat in the 2020 Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) war, Armenia has been trampled by the black triangle of Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan since November 2020.
This black triangle has been quite successful with intervening in the domestic
affairs of Armenia and perpetrating political cleansing with an attempt to erase the political arena of Armenia from any Armenia-centric political forces who would come together and fight the capitulation in the 2020 war and the very triangle.
The post-revolutionary government of Armenia (since 2018) has thus become a puppet-servant of this triangle driving the country into an abyss.
Ironically, the government has called parliamentary elections in June while Azerbaijan
has advanced into the territory of Armenia in Syunik and Gegharkunik provinces thus violating the very territorial integrity of the Republic of Armenia.
Moreover, as a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Armenia has applied for military support but never got any help except neutral statements.
Put short, the black triangle and its servant Armenian government are playing havoc with the entire Armenian nation directing it to another wave of territorial losses and genocide.
In order to step back from the edge of an abyss, hundreds of Armenians both in Armenia and in the Armenian Diaspora have formed different political, educational, social initiatives trying to put a halt to the country’s collapse.
This process should have already gained attention in the West, especially in France and the United States of America, as well as India and Iran who have expressed their will to support the restoration of the territorial integrity of Armenia.
Those great and regional powers have also shown some interest in helping Armenia to revive its civilizational and geopolitical role of the wedge between Russia-Turkey, the buffer between the East and the West.
The biggest mistake the aforementioned Western powers, the USA and France in particular have made since the 1990’s vis-a-vis the establishment of closer ties with the Armenian people has been their continuous focus on the political parties of Armenia and even of the Armenian Diaspora.
While it has always been clear that the culture of the political parties has never been well-rooted within the Armenian nation since the birth of the first Armenian parties in the late 19th century, the West has never diverted from that party-centric policy through its diplomatic missions, corporations and special services.
Those political parties, which number almost 100 in a country of 2.5 million people, lack deep and fundamental knowledge of big politics or 3G-s: good governance, geopolitics, globalisation.
Here is why the West, who has an immense soft power in Armenia, cannot drive the black triangle and particularly Russia out of Armenia and take geopolitical control of it, thus connecting the Black Sea, Georgia, Armenia and then Iran and the Persian Gulf.
The political parties are so far from well-established ideological backgrounds that
they easily get into the political traps made by the special services of the black triangle and other malign powers, as well as their servant governments of the Republic of Armenia since 1991.
It is of utmost importance to change that myopic political agenda if the West truly wants to achieve any positive geopolitical gains in Armenia and hinder the Russo-Turkish empire from getting formed by helping Armenia to reestablish its wedge-buffer status in the region.
The latter is an attainable goal and there is good news for the West: the new generation of the Armenians in Armenia and Diaspora who are fed up with those amateur political parties have already teamed up in network structures, organisations, initiatives and movements.
The advantage of those networks is their readiness to face the harsh realities in and around Armenia and undertake pragmatic foreign and domestic policy as they are free from different “-ism”-s.
Those networks combine people from diverse backgrounds and experiences and possess astoundingly huge potential energy which needs some moral and political support to reshape itself into the needed kinetic energy.
As the founder of the pan-Armenian Network State movement, I see that historical chance of building a sustainable bridge between the Armenians in Armenia and Diaspora with the support of the Western powers and thus institutionalise them all into one structure that I call the World Armenians.
Uniting the World Armenians, the Network State will then possess the overwhelming
amount of wealth (97% of the Armenian capital which exceeds 100 billion USD is in the
Armenian Diaspora according to some Armenian and non-Armenian sources) and intellectual capacity (at least 5 million Armenians in the Diaspora may join the Network) to stand strong in the Highlands, destroy the black triangle of Russia-Turkey-Azerbaijan and build up itself as a robust civilizational and geopolitical wedge between Russia and Turkey, between Turkey and Azerbaijan (the so-called Turkish world).
Time is running, the West has to act as another political trade at Armenia’s expense and the loss of Armenian factor in geopolitics will have the same repercussions for mankind as the Fall of Constantinople.
Network State’s World Armenians are ready to take a grip on Armenian politics and work with partners to pacify the malign powers.
Vahram Ayvazyan is the founder of the Network State movement. He is an International
Relations and Genocide scholar, startup founder and a Climate Reality Leader, personally
trained by former US vice president Al Gore.
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