Media

RSC Director Richard Giragosian is cited in an article published on 29 February in the Hurriyet Daily News by Selin Nasi, entitled, “The Caucasus: The next battleground for Russia and Turkey?”

In the article, Giragosian is quoted as saying that any “resumption of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan could escalate to a wider geopolitical conflict.”

RSC ANALYST ON “NATIONALISM & LIBERAL VALUES”

In his latest external publication, RSC Analyst Mikayel Zolyan authored an article (in Armenian) examining “the historically complicated relationship between nationalism and liberalism.” Published in the journal “Analyticon,” the article explores the fact that “nationalism is often linked to extreme conservatism, denial of democratic and liberal values with anti-Western and anti-modern attitudes.” 

RSC HAILS VISIT OF EU’S MOGHERINI TO ARMENIA

In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service, RSC Director Richard Giragosian hailed the upcoming visit to Armenia by Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission. Giragosian noted that this visit is only “the latest reaffirmation of Armenia’s enhanced strategic significance” and represents an “important step in Armenia’s course of regaining and restoring a relationship with the European Union.”

RSC ARMENIAN MEDIA MONITORING

As part of our research and analysis, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) has initiated a new “Armenian Media Monitoring” effort, focusing on political and economic developments and based on a daily survey of Armenian print and electronic media outlets. The RSC offers a summary compilation of the most significant articles, translated into English and produced every two weeks.

RSC SENIOR ANALYST ON RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN RUSSIAN-TURKISH CRISIS

In an interview with the Tert.am electronic news agency on 9 February, RSC Senior Analyst David Shahnazaryan assessed the latest development in the crisis in relations between Turkey and Russia. He pointed to three recent factors that are contributing to an escalation of the crisis and warned that as has “repeatedly happened throughout history, Russia is seeking to use Armenia as a small coin in its confrontation with Turkey. Neither our authorities nor our society should be enthusiastic about it in any way. We are in a rather grave situation and we must clearly understand that the interests of Armenia and Russia are becoming more and more in conflict. In this situation, Armenia has to make certain steps, first of all out of its own state interest.”

Interview in Armenian: www.tert.am/am/news/2016/02/09/shahnazaryan/1926528

Interview in English: www.tert.am/en/news/2016/02/09/shahnazaryan/1926528