In the wake of the recent announcement of a new pro-government coalition, the latest in our “RSC Staff Analysis” publication series assesses the domestic political situation in Armenia. RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan offers his own unique assessment, entitled “Consolidating Power: Armenia’s Ruling Elite Prepares for a Transition to a Parliamentary Republic.”
Timed with the 22 February International Day in Support of Victims of Crimes, we are pleased to release the latest in our “RSC Staff Analysis” publication series, with RSC Research Intern Lilit Simonyan tackling the difficult but pressing issue of domestic violence in Armenia. The article, entitled “Armenia: Domestic Violence or Just Family Problems?” offers unique insights into the problem and most urgently, calls for the criminalization of domestic violence in Armenia.
RSC STAFF ANALYSIS
The long-term amicable and close relationship between Armenia and Iran is currently limited, in both scale and scope. There are a number of reasons for this situation, including Russia’s influence on Armenia’s economy and foreign policy, decades of Western sanctions on Iran, a lack of capacity on both sides to invest more in mutually beneficial spheres, etc.. However, there are some fields where Armenia and Iran are more than just neighbors.
In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Papers, entitled, “Armenia 2015: Foreign Policy Review,” Satenik Baghdasaryan offers a comprehensive overview of Armenian foreign policy in 2015. Looking back at the year in review, Baghdasaryan identified four main foreign policy priorities for Armenia: the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, a more balanced policy between the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and European Union (EU), and closer cooperation with neighboring countries, such as Iran and Georgia, for some notable examples.
In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Papers, entitled, “Showdown in the Baltics? A Red Line for Russia-NATO Relations,” RSC Fellow Kathleen C. Weinberger assesses the Russian threat to the security of the three Baltic States: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, with an added analysis of the implications for NATO, the EU and Russia in the event of a possible escalation of conflict.