In a wide-ranging interview with Péter Bakodi for the new Hungarian conservative daily newspaper “Magyar Idők,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the recent escalation of clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh, the impact on Armenia of the Russian-Turkish crisis, and the broader issue of Armenian-Iranian relations.
As part of our research and analysis, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) has initiated an “Armenian Media Monitoring” effort, focusing on political and economic developments and based on a daily survey of Armenian print and electronic media outlets. This is our third publicly available edition, proving a brief summary of articles covering the period of 1-15 March 2016.
The RSC offers a summary compilation of the most significant articles, translated into English and produced every two weeks.
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.