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You Can Visit the Moon, But Not Nagorno-Karabakh: The Mind-Boggling Politics Of Azerbaijan's Aliyev Administration

Christopher Atamian | Posted 02.24.2017 | Home
Christopher Atamian

By Christopher Atamian and Haykaram Nahapetyan Aleksander Lapshin holding up his three passports....

Kazakhstan Loses Censorship Battle in U.S. Courts -- But Silences Opposition Website Anyway

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 01.29.2017 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Flag of Kazakhstan. Stock Photo. Kazakhstan has given up trying to use the U.S. court system to identify those who obtained and published a nu...

A Change in the Law Will Help Russian Domestic Abusers Get Off Scot-Free

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 01.21.2017 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Domestic violence. Stock Photo. When the Soviet Union fell apart in the early 1990s, many who had chafed under the Communist syste...

America? America! Our Country Through Music

New England Conservatory | Posted 12.30.2016 | Home
New England Conservatory

America? America! Our Country Through Music By Eden MacAdam-Somer Photo By Andrew Hurlbut The morning after our recent presidential election, I gat...

The Double-Edged Sword of Armenia's New Nuclear-Capable Missiles

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Russian Iskander missiles on the 9P78-1 Transporter erector launcher at the Victory Day Parade rehearsal in Moscow in 2010. (Author: A. Savin /...

Why The United States Should Strengthen Its Relationship With Armenia

Samuel Ramani | Posted 10.21.2016 | Home
Samuel Ramani

Since the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea, Western policymakers have worked earnestly to prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from instigating new military campaigns in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet region.

Russia Media Engage in Disinformation Outside the Country, But Can't Fool Their Own People

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 10.21.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: The Kremlin. Everybody knows that Russia has mounted a wide-ranging disinformation campaign against the West, using propaganda veh...

Gdansk as a bridge between East and West

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 09.30.2016 | Home
Pawel Adamowicz

I feel that we, the countries recently accepted to the European Union, are well positioned to help the aspiring, new democracies reach their dreams of...

Why a Trump Presidency Scares Those Longing for Democracy in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 09.28.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

If Trump is elected, Vladimir Putin will be able to run roughshod across the former Soviet Union, including Armenia, and try to take back the Baltics, Poland and other ex-Soviet fiefdoms in Europe, such as Hungary and the Czech Republic.

New Armenian Prime Minister Is Pro-Russia and Not a Champion of the Little Guy

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 09.18.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Armenia's new Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan. Public Domain Hundreds of Armenian bigwigs were in a festive mood as they filed into a concert ...

Armenian Prime Minister Resigns

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 09.08.2016 | Home

YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan tendered his resignation at a government meeting on Thursday, saying the country needed f...

The Intriguing Case of the Russian the Americans Wanted But That Armenia Wouldn't Turn Over

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Computer programming. Stock Photo. A Russian computer programmer whom Armenia had detained briefly at America's request is back in...

A Priest's Complaint About Armenian Government Strikes a Chord With the Faithful

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 09.01.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral. Yerevan, Armenia. Author: Marcin Konsek / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0 A priest's recent critic...

If an American PR Whiz Had Not Helped Yanukovych, Would Ukraine Still Be Intact?

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.26.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Viktor Yanukovych. Public Domain If an American PR whiz had not helped Yanukovych, would Ukraine still be intact? A British scholar wrote an ...

Why The 25-Year Independence Anniversary Will Ring Hollow With Many Armenians

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.24.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: A winter view of Armenia's capital of Yerevan. Author: Serouj Ourishian (Wikipedia) In less than a month Armenia will mark the 25th anniversar...

Why The Russia-Azerbaijan Alliance Is Weaker Than It Looks

Samuel Ramani | Posted 08.22.2016 | Home
Samuel Ramani

On August 8, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met in Baku. Shortly after their meeting, Putin announced Russia's intention to forge a strategic partnership with Azerbaijan.

Why American Democrats May Be Right About Russia Using Lies in Next Email Dump

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.20.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Hillary Clinton. Public Domain Top figures in America's Democratic Party are warning that any new release of emails that the Russians have hac...

California Diaspora Protest Sends a Message to Armenian Leadership

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.19.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Dmitry Medvedev in 2010. Author: A thousand ethnic Armenians in the diaspora enclave of Glend...

Why Anti-Corruption Protests Are Rising In Armenia

Samuel Ramani | Posted 08.15.2016 | Home
Samuel Ramani

While corruption has been a defining characteristic of Armenian politics for decades, the summer 2015 Electric Yerevan protests revealed that Armenians are increasingly willing to participate in anti-corruption demonstrations.

Police-Station Occupiers Also Shined Spotlight on Russian Subjugation of Armenia

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.13.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Peaceful protesters and journalists were subjected to excessive force by Armenian police on July 29, 2016. Author: Human Rights Watch The 31 a...

Armenia Fires Police Chief, Punishes 18 Others for Violence Against Protesters

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.11.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Armenian police used excessive force against peaceful protesters and journalists on July 29, 2016. Author: Human Rights Watch YEREVAN, Armenia...

It's Time for Armenia's Leader to Go

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.04.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. Public Domain YEREVAN, Armenia -- The bloody siege of a police station in Armenia is over, with President S...

Will The End of The Police-Station Stand-Off Usher in Reform in Armenia?

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 08.01.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

YEREVAN, Armenia — The stand-off between Armenian government forces and gun-toting members of a political fringe group who seized a police station i...

Russia Has Armenian Leader's Back in Police-Station Stand-Off -- or Does It?

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.29.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: This poster is circulating virally on Armenian social media. Journalist and human rights defender Levon Barseghian was recently arrested after ...

Armenian Stand-Off Continues to be Tense and Dangerous

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.28.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Ethnic Armenians have been protesting in and out of the country in recent years. This sign at a Los Angeles rally refers to many Armenians' bel...