Armenian Recovery and Development
Gibbons, Deborah E.
Baho, Sally M.
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A long bridge connects Georgia’s and Armenia’s border-control stations. Knowing that Armenia has not fully recovered from the economic and political devastation of the Soviet occupation, we expected militaristic customs agents and degrading roads. We found neither. Friendly border guards processed us quickly into Armenia, responding with broad smiles when Sally asked how to say “thank you” in Armenian. Faced with the long and unpronounceable response, Deborah settled for the European-influenced alternative, “merci.”