Commenting on the telephone call from U.S. Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence to Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian explained that unlike the usual protocol of conversations between the U.S. presidents and heads of state, such as those between President-Elect Donald Trump and the presidents of Azerbaijan and Ukraine among others, the fact that the incoming U.S. Vice President called the Armenian president was a “breach of protocol that represents an unusual situation.” However, Giragosian downplayed the significance of that breach, saying that it “does not reflect any diplomatic insult.” Rather, he interpreted the call from Pence as a way to repair the damage from recent calls from Trump to other world leaders that were largely criticized, most notably including the Trump conversation with the Pakistani premier. Giragosian concluded by stressing that “therefore, I think that Washington apparently decided to place the call to the Armenian president and rely on the professional and experienced Vice President instead, which is probably better for Armenia.”
In an interview the Azerbaijani Meydan TV, RSC Director Richard Giragosian commented on his participation in an “Expert Panel” on the South Caucasus, held on 28-29 November and organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Foundation). The closed workshop focused on “current developments in Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus in light of internal transformations in Azerbaijan and Turkey.” The two-day workshop ended with a public session that featured a discussion between experts, scientists, political analysts, journalists and civil society representatives from a number of countries.
RSC Director Richard offered an assessment of the broader implications of the Trump Administration and U.S. foreign policy in an interview with the Armenian “1.in” news agency.
In an interview with Kseniya Kirillova from the Russian-language version of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Ukrainian Service, Krym.Realii, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan assessed the broader implications for U.S. policy toward Ukraine and Eurasia. The interview was republished in Armenian by the daily newspaper “Aravot” (www.aravot.am/2016/11/22/829484/) and was also cited in a post by noted American analyst and former U.S. State Department official Paul Goble on his “Window on Eurasia” blog.
RSC Director Richard Giragosian was cited by “The Moscow Times” in an article by Matthew Bodner assessing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The article was published on 21 November and entitled, “Russia Emerges as Winner in Arms Race between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
With negotiations over the region at a standstill, Moscow has a novel solution to conflict prevention: arm both sides.”