In an interview with the Lragir news agency published on 10 March, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan offered a fresh assessment of recent developments in Armenian politics, with an analysis of the country’s transition to a new parliamentary form of government. In the interview, conducted in Armenian, Zolyan noted that the series of recent personnel changes is related to the strategy of the incumbent president to “strengthen his hold on power” and further argued that the president is now intent on “trying to reduce his dependence” on the ruling Republican party.
In an Armenian-language interview with the Armenian “1in.am” news agency on 9 March, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan assessed the broader context of the visit to Moscow of Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian. Noting that the visit comes in the wake of a sensational Russian media leak of Armenian “military secrets,” Shahnazaryan also revealed that Russia has been steadily following a policy of “militarization” of the South Caucasus, which he contended was a serious threat to the delicate regional balance of power. He added as part of this Russian strategy, a series of public leaks, disclosures and statements also reveal a policy of “blackmail and intimidation” aimed at pressuring both Armenia and Azerbaijan.
In the second part of an interview with Aram Sargsyan of the “1in.am” news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed Armenia’s enhanced strategic significance, in the broader context of developments in the South Caucasus and the wider Middle East.
As part of our Turkey project, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) has initiated a new “Turkish Media Digest” effort, focusing on covering news and analysis related to Turkey-Armenia and Turkey-Azerbaijan from the Turkish media. This is our first publicly available edition of our “Turkish Media Digest,” covering the period January-February 2016.
In an interview with the “1in.am” news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the significance of the first visit to Armenia by Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission.