In an interview with Radio Free Europe’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian hailed the lifting of sanctions against Iran and noted the significant opportunity for Armenia to emerge as a strategic avenue for Iran’s re-engagement with the global economy. Stressing Armenia’s “unique position” as the “only stable, friendly and reliable neighbor of Iran,” Giragosian also warned that the “imperative is for the Armenian government to act quickly, develop a far-ranging strategy for engagement and dispatch a delegation to Iran in the coming weeks, in order not to lose the opportunity of this new opening.”
In the second installment of a multi-part interview with the “168Zham” newspaper, Regional Studies Center (RSC) Director Richard Giragosian commented on the state of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and challenges to Armenian national security.
In a multi-part interview with the “168Zham” newspaper, Regional Studies Center (RSC) Director Richard Giragosian commented on the future course of Armenia-EU relations, hailing the current negotiations as a “rare second chance to restore, repair and rebuild ties with the European Union in the wake of the Armenian president’s decision in 2013 to sacrifice Armenia’s Association Agreement with the EU in favor of committing Armenia to join the Eurasian Economic Union.” The interview also focused on Armenian foreign policy challenges and developments in the wider South Caucasus region.
In an interview with the Armenian “Asbarez” news agency, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan critically assessed the new Armenian cabinet and reviewed the outlook and possibility of reforms, noting that “there are people in the government who directly benefit from corruption,” casting doubt on the government’s commitment to reform and tackling corruption.
In an interview with Armenia’s 1in.am news agency on 13 September, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the U.S. presidential elections, with a focus on the implications for Armenia and the wider South Caucasus region. In the interview, conducted in English but dubbed into Armenian, Giragosian analyzed the outlook for U.S. foreign policy and American-Armenian relations in the event of a Clinton Administration or in the “less likely and more dangerous” scenario of a victory for the Republican candidate Donald Trump.