A CRITICAL COMMENTARY OF THE ARMENIAN PRIME MINISTER

A CRITICAL COMMENTARY OF THE ARMENIAN PRIME MINISTER

In a commentary for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), Regional Studies Center (RSC) Director Richard Giragosian offered a critical assessment of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.  Published on 16 November 2021, the article, entitled, “Armenian Prime Minister Under Threat,” noted that “the tactical flexibility and impressive self-confidence that fueled Pashinyan’s rise to power have become his biggest weaknesses.”

According to Giragosian, Armenia’s prime minister “faces an especially difficult and daunting challenge to control himself and restrain his impulsive political style,” and added that Pashinyan’s “political agility has devolved into an impulsive and often indecisive style of leadership, and his pronounced self-confidence has developed a tendency for arrogant micromanagement and a priority for personal loyalty over policy competence within his team.”

The assessment closed with a more optimistic point, however, stressing that over the longer term, “Armenia’s current domestic discontent will come to be viewed as a temporary aberration.  Recent events have proved shocking; but the country’s institutional democracy will ultimately have a stabilizing impact.”

https://iwpr.net/global-voices/armenian-prime-minister-under-threat