RSC FOCUS GROUP: DEMOCRATIZATION & POLITICAL CHANGE IN ARMENIA

On 19 February 2016, The Regional Studies Center (RSC) convened a special “Focus Group” to discuss democratization and political change in Armenia. With two dozen participants, the Focus Group was also joined by representatives from the European Union Delegation to Armenia and the UK Embassy, serving as observers.

Similar to our previous RSC “focus group” sessions, which offer an interactive session “out of the box” discussion assessing issues of critical importance for Armenia, this informal, two-hour facilitated focus group focused on the political situation in the wake of the December 2015 passage of a set of constitutional amendments that will transform the country into a parliamentary form of government.

The Focus Group discussion also identified key challenges and opportunities facing the democratic development of Armenia. The proceedings and recommendations developed in the Focus Group form the basis of a forthcoming policy report.