In an interview with the Armenian “Asbarez” news agency, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan criticized the conduct of local elections in Armenia, pointing to the significance of vote-buying and “administrative pressure” exerted by the authorities.
In the first of a two-part interview with the “1in.am” eletronic news agency, RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered an assessment of recent developments in Armenian domestic politics, including several key local elections and the appointment of a new cabinet led by recently installed Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan. The interview, conducted on 11 October by Aram Sargsyan, was in English but dubbed into Armenian. The second part of the interview, to be aired later, focused on regional developments and Armenian foreign policy issues.
RSC Senor Analyst David Shahnazaryan and RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in a seminar on Armenia-Turkey “normalization” organized by the Civic Consent NGO on 8 October. Shahnazaryan’s presentation focused on the broader geopolitical context of Armenia-Turkey, while Giragosian’s presentation, entitled “Armenia-Turkey normalization: Looking back, leaning forward,” assessed the key issues of defining the normalization process, defending the process of engagement and devising a strategy for re-engagement between Armenia and Turkey (Giragosian’s presentation notes are attached).
In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan analyzed the new Armenian cabinet and assessed the outcome of the local self-government elections.
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.”