Between Personal and Global Security Systems

    • Comments - 30 December 2017, 01:04
Fight against corruption enters Armenia into global security system

Judging by Serzh Sargsyan’s recent speeches, the fight against terrorism is becoming a priority in Armenia. Declaring terrorism enemy N1 can be considered a sign of change in the geopolitical situation and Armenia’s attempt to diversify the security policy. Besides, the fight against corruption can be a handy tool for Serzh Sargsyan to ensure his own security at a global level.

Does Serzh Sargsyan feel threat to his own security? Is this issue primary in defining foreign political priorities?

The visible outcome of Serzh Sargsyan’s visit to Georgia was the extradition of one of those accused of the Igla rocket case. The press wrote that the Igla rocket bought by the former NKR defense minister Samvel Babayan was intended for Serzh Sargsyan’s airplane.

During the trial this was not stated outright but Serzh Sargsyan succeeded in extradition of the accused which is evidence that he did not consider the threat to his personal security eliminated.

Declaring terrorism enemy N1 can allow Armenia to become part of the global system and raise “personal security” to a global level. For the time being Armenia is limited in establishing relations with global centers of power. These opportunities are initially limited by defense agreements signed with Russia, membership to CSTO, joint Armenian-Russian air defense systems, consequences of the policy of sharing the sovereign security system with Russia.

The fight against terrorism will allow Armenia to escape the Eurasian enclosure, cooperate with other countries and organizations. In this way Armenia’s return to the global space intelligence system can be justified.

Note that recently it has become known that the armed forces of Armenia are expanding their intelligence capacity and soon the operative intelligence of neighbor countries will be based on “space photos”.

Obviously it is not only about space and other cooperation with Russia but also other centers. The threat of terrorism may give Armenia the right to cooperate even with those whom Russia considers a rival. It is not accidental that together with extradition Georgia has again offered Armenia to participate in NATO training in 2018. Note that in 2017 Armenia withdrew participation which caused worries among partners.