In a much-needed return to diplomacy, Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met in Sochi on 26 November for an important “mini-summit” convened by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As an independent “think tank,” the Regional Studies Center (RSC) offers a regular monthly series of online “Closed Briefings” to provide a concise analytical presentation of the most significant political, economic and military/security developments in Armenia and the broader South Caucasus region. And as the target audience is the diplomatic community and international organizations in Armenia, our aim is to provide an alternative source of objective analysis and information on a regular basis.
The Regional Studies Center (RSC) convened a series of special online briefings offering both pre-election and post-election assessments of the early parliamentary election in Armenia held on 20 June 2021. The attached is the 7-page summary notes from the special briefings, which featured analytical presentations by RSC Director Richard Giragosian.
In an online discussion assessing the state of democracy in Armenia, Freedom House hosted an event on 11 February 2021 entitled, “The Current Narratives about the Correlation of Democracy, Human Rights and Security in Post-War Armenia: True or False?” The event on Armenia included opening remarks by Marc Behrendt, the Director of the Europe and Eurasia Programs (EEP) of Freedom House, followed by a brief presentation about the project and presentation of the topic by Sossi Tatikyan, the Project Coordinator of Freedom House in Armenia.
Assessing political developments in Armenia, Richard Giragosian, the Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC), warned of “the end of Armenia's post-revolution honeymoon,” noting that “two years after the Velvet revolution, post-war disillusionment has put Prime Minister Pashinyan's political future in question.”
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