Nationalism and Democratization Process in Armenia: Impacts of the Nagorno-Karabakh Issue

Doğru A. Ö.

GAZI AKADEMIK BAKIS-GAZI ACADEMIC VIEW, cilt.8, sa.16, ss.207-236, 2015 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 8 Konu: 16
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.207-236


After the collapse of the USSR, newly emerged states' democratization process had gained greater attention. After for years governed under communist regime, these states tried to adapt their own national sentiments with their state building process. Nationalist tendencies both promoted and distorted the creation of the democratic institutions. If a state fails to crystallize the absolute prerequisites of democratic values, radicalization of the nationalist dispositions would stall the environment of dialogue and erode the differences in a society and as a result democracy would not mature in such kind of environment. This study aims to understand the role of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in democratization process of Armenia. It is argued that radicalization of national movements and acceleration of the nationalist values with conflicting manner hampers the democratization process and strengthens the authoritarian regimes.