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.
In comments for Dominik Istrate for his article, “Four takeaways from Nagorno Karabakh’s elections,” published on 2 April by “Emerging Europe,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian focused on the joint parliamentary and presidential election in Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh).
In an assessment highlighting the refreshing, yet still rare case of democracy flourishing and not floundering in the post-Soviet space, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) published an article for the “New Europe” newspaper in Brussels on 2 April entitled, “Elections in Nagorno-Karabakh. don’t dismiss democracy.”
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