Explaining Armenia's Relationship With Iran: Op-Ed by Harout Semerdjian (F05)

The Hill's Congress Blog

While the West has recently tightened its sanctions against Iran, its only Christian neighbor has taken a different approach towards the Islamic Republic. Political constraints and lack of options have coerced landlocked Armenia to adopt a policy dissimilar to the West’s for one basic reason – survival.

 Armenia is located in the South Caucasus - one of the most volatile regions in the world, where East meets West and North meets South. It lies at the crossroads of Islam and Christianity. This is where NATO and the USSR once drew their boundary, but where war and history have maintained closed borders even after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. This is also where expansive oil and gas pipelines traverse, supplying Europe with energy resources from the hydrocarbon-rich Caspian Sea.

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