Item description for Armenia: At the Crossroads (Postcommunist States and Nations) by Robert Krikorian & Joseph Masih...
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenia has remained on the brink of becoming an economic crossroads or an isolated backwater, a democratic or authoritarian state, a peaceful and prosperous country or a nation on the brink of conflict. Armenia's difficult independence is intricately linked with her Transcaucasian neighbors, and whichever path she follows they will undoubtedly be affected. Armenia: At the Crossroads considers Armenia as a nation and as a state, and puts her tragic history into the context of current events since independence.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1999
ISBN 9057023458 ISBN13 9789057023453
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tremendous problems of a young nation Nov 24, 2008
The book describes the many travails facing the young Armenian nation. The narrative begins with the breakup of the Soviet Union. The difficulties of a nation with few natural resources and bordered by historically hostile neighbours are delineated in great detail. The war with the Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh was not necessarily inevitable. But while hostilities have cooled to a frigid peace, trade is still minimal.
The inner workings of the Armenian government are explained, along with a synopsis of the society. There is massive crime and corruption, with the government itself estimating that 40-53% of the economy is dominated by organised crime. Leading to the supposition that the actual percentage is perhaps higher.
The book is not a cheery read. The authors offer an unvarnished look at Armenia.