Georgia & Armenia

Georgia and Armenia sit on the borders of West Asia and Eastern Europe and have long influenced — and been influenced by — multiple cultural crosscurrents, from Turkey and Russia to Greece and Persia. The former Soviet republics — Josef Stalin was Georgian — have through their history faced pressures from the East and West. Georgia, since its peaceful Rose Revolution of 2003, has fought two wars against Russia and has sought NATO membership. Armenia, on the other hand, remains strategically dependent on Russia, even after a peaceful revolution in April 2018.

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