Ever since gaining its independence, Armenia has been struggling to form a modern democratic society, while trying to improve the economic plight of its citizens. The concentration on domestic issues had left Armenia with a two-dimensional foreign policy, mostly dealing with a hostile neighbor, Azerbaijan.
A major asset of Armenian’s foreign policy was its close relationship with Russia, leading Yerevan to complacency.
This state of affairs turned to be handy for Azerbaijan, which, with its older brother, Turkey, began to isolate Armenia in the region, enlisting in the process the help of Georgia.
Former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili’s administration represented the height of Georgia’s pro-Azeri and pro-Turkey policy. The Turkish-Azeri blockade of Armenia has been exacerbated by Georgia’s collusion to this day.
Armenia only has two narrow borders through which to access the outside world: Georgia and Iran.
Despite friendly rhetoric between Georgia and Armenia, their economic cooperation has failed to reach its full potential.