Foreign Operations Assistance: Armenia

Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
August 31, 2016


United States Department of State
Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia
Foreign Operations Assistance Fact Sheet, August 2016*

Date: 08/2016 Description: FY 2015 Foreign Operations Assistance by Objective--Armenia: Peace and Security; Governing Justly and Democratically; Investing in People; Economic Growth; Humanitarian Assistance. - State Dept Image

U.S. assistance to Armenia supports efforts to strengthen Armenia’s ties to Euro-Atlantic institutions, normalize relations with its neighbors, integrate into the regional economy and diversify trade, develop democratic institutions, and create an environment for sustainable economic development and social protection. U.S. assistance also complements U.S. diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve Armenia’s long-running conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh and to normalize Armenia’s relations with Azerbaijan and Turkey. U.S. support is critical to counter Russian influence and to promote the development of a democratic and affluent Armenia, consolidated into the Euro-Atlantic community.

Assistance Activities by U.S. Goals in Armenia

The current economic, energy, security, and media leverage Russia has over Armenia is reduced so that Armenia has the diplomatic space to engage with its neighbors to achieve peace and greater regional stability, strengthen its security partnership with the U.S. and NATO, and orient itself towards the West.

BY ACCOUNT

FY 2015 ACTUAL

FY 2016 653a

FY 2017 REQUEST

TOTAL ($ in thous)

16,512

20,373

26,412

Economic Support Fund

11,482

-

22,412

Foreign Military Financing

1,700

1,400

1,000

International Military Education and Training

590

600

600

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

1,700

-

1,700

Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs

1,040

740

700

• U.S. assistance supports research and grants to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for conflict-mitigation projects, people-to-people programs, and international visitor exchanges to promote mutual understanding between neighboring countries.

• The United States provides operational support through training and maintenance to the aging Armenian Nuclear Power Plant to enhance energy security.

• U.S. funding supports continued defense reform and strengthened purchasing capabilities, enhancing Western interoperability and allowing Armenia’s armed forces to participate in NATO and UN peacekeeping missions.

• U.S. professional military education courses enhance senior leadership strategic management skills, promote respect for Western values and human rights, and strengthen civil-military relationships as well as military-to-military relationships.

U.S. Government assistance and diplomatic engagement with a particular focus on battling corruption helps Armenia create a resilient and energy secure economic environment, which fosters sustained economic growth, regional integration, and increased opportunities for U.S. business and investment.

• The United States uses targeted workforce development partnerships to help produce a workforce that is better equipped to meet the demands of the labor market and help advance Armenia's competitiveness, both regionally and internationally.

• Armenia's science, technology, innovation, and partnerships strategy is multifaceted, with a focus on acute groundwater issues in the Ararat Valley (a major agricultural area) and regional energy integration.

• U.S. assistance promotes rural prosperity through the support of sound local and regional economic governance, job creation, improved community infrastructure, and enhanced community capacity to address emergencies.

Countering the Russian narrative that paints the West as hostile to Armenian interests and values, U.S. engagement with Armenian government, civil society and media lead to progress in Armenia’s implementation of Western-oriented reforms.

BY OBJECTIVE
($ in thous)

FY 2015 ACTUAL

FY 2016 653A

FY 2017 REQUEST

TOTAL

16,512

20,373

26,412

Peace and Security

6,096

5,591

5,908

Governing Justly and Democratically

5,276

6,655

7,204

Investing in People

1,060

1,200

1,400

Economic Growth

4,080

6,777

11,900

Humanitarian Assistance

-

150

-

• U.S. assistance supports decentralization and local governance reforms, including by strengthening municipal capacity to mobilize public and private resources for local development. Transparency and anti-corruption programs strengthen the capacity of public-sector entities to serve as independent, transparent, and democratic institutions.

• U.S. programs help to increase access to independent and reliable sources of information by strengthening the media’s capacity to meet professional standards and by fostering media independence. Programs strengthen NGOs and independent media, increase access to information, and improve the professionalism and quality of journalism.

• U.S. assistance promotes social protection and inclusion through integrated social services and child protection reforms. The goal is to improve the sustainability and accountability of Armenia’s social security system, to build resilience, and to uphold human rights of children in adversity.

• U.S. law enforcement development assistance works to strengthen and to promote transparency in Armenia’s law enforcement sector through training and equipment to law enforcement agencies and other institutions that deal with transnational crime, corruption, and narcotics trafficking.

• Funds provide training and material support to strengthen the justice system and to strengthen, reform, and promote transparency in Armenia’s law enforcement sector. 

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State Department Fact Sheets
U.S. Embassy Website
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*This fact sheet does not reflect centrally managed or regional Foreign Assistance funding that is not specifically budgeted for Armenia.