The Armenian Diaspora and the Narrative of Power

  • Richard G. Hovannisian


The influence of the Armenian diaspora on the policies of host-countries is unlike that of all other cases under consideration. It is different because the Armenian diaspora is made up of a people that has no sovereign home country, embassies and diplomatic representatives, military alliances, trade agreements, and other bilateral and multilateral arrangements. Geopolitical, military and economic factors are of little value, therefore, in attempts to influence the shaping of foreign policy. In this way the Armenians stand in contrast to Greeks, Jews, Poles and other nationalities with significant diasporas.


Foreign Policy Executive Branch United States Government Turkish Government National Security Council 
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1993

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