Appearing as a guest on the “Crossroads of Opinions” talk show hosted by journalist Anna Israelyan for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan commented on recent developments in the mediation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Noting the recent statement by OSCE Minsk Group’s U.S. Co-Chair Ambassador Richard Hoagland on the elements of the mediation effort, Dr. Shahnazaryan stressed that although “there is nothing new in the document,” what “is most important is not what Ambassador Hoagland said, but what he did not say.”

In comments in an interview with Anuk Mkrtchyan for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed recent developments in diplomacy over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, focusing on the recent statement by OSCE Minsk Group co-chair Ambassador Richard Hoagland and the recent Armenian-Russian presidential meeting in Sochi.


In an article for the Russian-language version of the Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (IPG or International Politics and Society) magazine RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered a preview of the EU’s November Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels. In this article, entitled “До встречи в Брюсселе! Перспективы Восточного партнерства зависят от гораздо большего, чем документы и заявления на саммитах,” Giragosian focused on risk and resiliency in the Eastern Partnership.


In a contribution to the “Emerging Europe” website, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the risk of renewed hostilities over Nagorno-Karabakh, and added recommendations for de-escalation, including “status-neutral” engagement by the EU and support for direct contacts by all sides to the conflict. The article, entitled “Nagorno-Karabakh conflict moves from frozen to kinetic,” noted that “given the strategic significance of the emerging threat from a renewed war over Nagorno-Karabakh, the imperative is to engage now, before this kinetic conflict spirals dangerously out of control.”

Armenian version: “Ղարաբաղյան հակամարտությունը սառեցվածից վերածվում է գործողի," Emerging Europe, 21 Օգոստոս 2017

Mikayel Zolyan

RSC Senior Analyst Mikayel Zolyan, in an analytical article for the online weekly magazine EVN Report, offered a unique assessment of the domestic political situation in Armenia, with a focus on the possibility of the incumbent president continuing to serve as the head of state. The article, entitled “To Be or Not to Be Prime Minister? Serzh Sargsyan’s Dilemma and What it Means for Armenia’s Politics,” was published on 8 August.