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Crisis in Post-War Armenia12/2020
The Armenian government continued to face a lingering domestic political crisis, as the opposition maintained its demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his government and new elections.
Crisis in Post-War Armenia12/2020
After suffering an unexpectedly devastating military defeat in the war for Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia faced a serious political crisis, with opposition parties and protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and calling for fresh elections.
Armenia Struggles with War over Nagorno-Karabakh11/2020
The war for Nagorno-Karabakh continued unimpeded throughout the month. Since the launch of a massive military offensive by Azerbaijan in late September, Armenia struggled to support the defense of Karabakh with a series of diplomatic initiatives aimed at securing a ceasefire agreement.
Armenia at War10/2020
A dangerous new period of renewed hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh put larger regional security and stability at risk, with a rising number of combatant casualties and civilian deaths on both sides
Armenia: Public Health Crisis Improves, but Defense Concerns Continue09/2020
As statistics related to the coronavirus pandemic in Armenia improved in August, the Armenian government resolved to reopen schools and universitiesю Defense and national security issues continued to dominate public concern, however, in response to the previous month’s border clashes.
Armenia: COVID-19 Eases, but Armenia is Badly Shaken08/2020
With rare good news in the challenge to manage the public health crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic, the Armenian government moved forward with plans to further reopen the economy and is likely to not extend the state of emergency as statistics revealed a consistent decline in daily cases of infection.
Armenia’s Political Drama07/2020
Amid a worsening public health crisis over the continued spread of the coronavirus, the Armenian government launched a domestic political drama, targeting the leader of the parliament’s second-largest opposition party and completing planned restructuring of the country’s Constitutional Court.
Armenia Staggers & Stumbles06/2020
Despite a rapid and robust response to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Armenia has staggered and stumbled over a surge in cases after an overly ambitious decision to ease restrictions and reopen the economy.
Armenia’s Gradual Reopening05/2020
Struggling to manage the coronavirus pandemic, the Armenian government maintained its public health vigilance while also instituting a partial easing of restrictions imposed on the population and businesses due to the crisis.
Armenia: Constitutional Court as the key battleground04/2020
Since Armenia’s “Velvet Revolution” of 2018, the Pashinyan government has embarked on a largely successful campaign to deepen and drive economic and political reform.
Armenia: А month of setbacks for Armenian government11/2019
October appears to be a difficult month for the Armenian government with a set of personnel issues and decline in business ratings. At the same time some new opportunities arose in the international arena.
Armenia: Anti-corruption probe widens amid court crisis10/2019
Armenia moves on with its anti-corruption probe, uncovering more and more high ranking officials of the previous regime.
Armenia’s difficult reforms09/2019
Reforms in Armenia continue, touching both foreign and domestic policies as well as economy.
Armenia’s revolution continues06/2019
On May 19 Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan urged supporters to block the entrance of all court buildings. This was the reaction to District Court’s decision to free the ex-president Kocharian.
Armenia: Confrontation in parliament over the challenges of business & politics05/2019
Government continues to investigate cases of corruption among high ranking officials, while the clashes in parliament go on as well.
Mistakes & missteps: Armenian government begins to falter04/2019
In March not numerous but vocal opposition tried to limit premier’s power, while the government accented its victories and successes.
“New Armenia” nears one-year mark03/2019
Criminal investigations against former Armenian officials are in the full sway. While the main issue on the domestic agenda is economic reforms, foreign policy focuses on cooperation with Russia in different spheres.
Total victory of revolution in Armenia or another serious challenge?02/2019
As impressive as the forced resignation and defeat of the old regime was, the real demands of governance, including the necessity for compromise and concession, represent much more daunting and serious challenges for Armenia
A “not so new” Armenian government02/2019
Armenia President Armen Sarkisian issued an official decree on January 14 affirming the reappointment of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in the wake of the political landslide in parliamentary elections in December 2018
Armenia’s new political reality01/2019
After the successful ouster of Armenia’s former president turned prime minister and the subsequent coming to power of acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in April-May, the election of a new parliament in early December affirmed the country’s new political reality.
Armenia lost its CSTO Secretary General post?12/2018
The parliamentary snap elections, attracting great attention within the country, promise victory for the prime minister’s block. In the economy, the reconstruction of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant and the prolongation of the Russian loan for these works became the central issue.
Armenia moves to special pre-term elections11/2018
Using a very complicated scheme, Armenia’s new government is trying to push for a snap parliamentary election. Unpopular but necessary economic measures have led to major protests. Meanwhile, foreign partners have been pleased to work with the new leadership.
Emboldened and empowered Armenian government10/2018
The popularity of the Armenian government under Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan exceeded expectations by sweeping the municipal election for the capital Yerevan on 23 September.
Heightened political tension in Armenia09/2018
The first of several large units of Armenian interior troops were deployed to border with Azerbaijan
Armenia: Sustaining the momentum of change08/2018
The case of the former Armenian president, charged with “overthrowing constitutional order” may set an important new precedent regarding the fate of other former leaders throughout the former Soviet Union
The dawn of new Armenia07/2018
Over the course of eleven days in April, tens of thousands of peaceful protesters in Armenia succeeded in forcing the country’s long-serving leader to step back from power
Armenia: Fight for transformations07/2018
(Українська) В первом полугодии в центре внимания всей страны было завершение долгожданной трансформации президентско-парламентской республики в парламентскую.
Armenia: Restoring & repairing relations with the EU12/2017
The EU–Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) offers a fresh start for the deepening of the relations.
Armenia: Tentative return to diplomacy11/2017
Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetian met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Armenia: Political positioning & diplomatic dialogue10/2017
Opposition bloc demands Armenia’s exit from Eurasian Union
Armenia: A suspenseful summer09/2017
Armenia experiences a boost in energy sector with international investment. Armenian Nuclear Power Plant.
Armenia: Political posturing & economic optimism07/2017
Statement by head of the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia causes a surprising new political war of words
Round Table in Yerevan: Bridging the divide07/2017
Ways to leverage the synergy
Bridging Divide: Forging Cooperation And Fostering Collaboration06/2017
Eastern Partnership countries all demonstrate the course of deepening ties to the EU.
Armenia weathers the storm06/2017
Azerbaijani diplomatic pressure forced the closure of the OSCE office in Yerevan
Armenia: Sharing spoils of power05/2017
After a pivotal parliamentary election on 2 April, Armenia’s ruling Republican Party maintained its position as the largest party in the Parliament
Armenia: Facing the Ides of March04/2017
The upcoming battle for the sits in the Parliament of Armenia has caused the wave of political violence.
Armenia: Preparing for the polls04/2017
In February Armenia faced renewed fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, although the country managed to conclude a new agreement with the EU.
Armenia: Preparing for Political Battle03/2017
The new political landscape may cast doubt over the election outcome
Armenia in Transition: Turning Point or Tipping Point?01/2017
Political elite stages transformation away from a strong presidency to a more diffused parliamentary form of government
Armenia: Challenges, Changes and Choice01/2017
There is a belated recognition that Russian interests are not necessarily supportive of Armenia