RSC ON THE END OF ARMENIA’S POST-REVOLUTION HONEYMOON

RSC ON THE END OF ARMENIA’S POST-REVOLUTION HONEYMOON

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.”

Giragosian stressed that “since the impressive victory of Armenia’s non-violent ‘Velvet Revolution’ in 2018, the early euphoria and enthusiasm in support of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has waned considerably.”  He further argued that “with a lingering political crisis only exacerbating a deepening political polarization, the necessity for a new election stands out as the most constructive way to resolve the dissent and division” in the country.  The assessment concluded that “Armenia is now poised to enter a new period of politics, as both the beginning of the end of Armenian politics defined by the past narrative, and as the end of the beginning for the early euphoria of support for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his embattled government.”

The assessment, published on 2 February 2021 in the journal “International Politics and Society” (IPS) for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), is available in both the English original and in Russian:

English Version: https://www.ips-journal.eu/topics/democracy/the-end-of-the-armenian-honeymoon-4945/

Russian Version: https://www.ipg-journal.io/regiony/evropa/zatjazhnoi-politicheskii-krizis-v-armenii-1226/