In a podcast recording of an interview with RSC Director Richard Giragosian, “New Europe” editor Adam Reichardt devoted the “Talk Eastern Europe 37” episode to offer an “Update on Armenia.” Hosted by Maciej Makulski, the episode reviewed a number of recent developments in Armenia, including an assessment of the Armenian government’s reform programme and relations with Russia before moving to a focus on how Armenia has managed the COVID-19 crisis, with added analysis of the implications for Armenian relations with the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union. The interview also assessed the shifts in regional relations including with Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran as well as how the crisis has impacted the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
In an interview with the electronic Tert.am news agency on 8-9 May, RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered an assessment of the current state of the Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) peace process, the significance of the recent statement by Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, and a broader analysis of the Armenian diplomatic strategy on the negotiations.
In a measure to overcome the limitations of the COVID-19 crisis, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) provided an online briefing on 6 May assessing developments in Armenia for several Moscow-based Embassies accredited to Armenia. The online discussion, from the RSC “studio,” include diplomatic staff from the Embassies of Australia, Belgium, Canada, New Zealand and Norway, each of which is accredited to Armenia. The briefing covered domestic political developments in Armenia, including an assessment of the government’s efforts to manage the crisis.
RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered his brief analysis and commentary related to U.S. President Trump’s “Armenian Remembrance Day” statement issued on April 24. In comments for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, Azatutyun TV (Ազատություն TV), he chose to offer a different and more provocative stand on Trump’s statement and its failure to use the term genocide. His comments (dubbed into Armenian), more specifically, actually welcomed that failure as a positive development, for three reasons.
In comments for an article published by EurasiaNet on 23 April entitled, “Coronavirus quiets fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian welcomed the “virtual meeting” between Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian and his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov on 22 April.
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