Armenian Settlements: Occupied Territory or Homeland?

Dadivank Monastery, near Kelbajar (Joshua Kucera)

by Joshua Kucera When Alexander Kananyan moved to Kelbajar in 2000, it was “completely destroyed,” he recalls. There was no electricity or telephone service, and he had to walk up to 40 kilometers to catch any sort of transportation. But… Continue Reading  

Competition in the Eastern Mediterranean: Is Trump Missing the Point?

Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Alexandros Michailidis /via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey A Trump administration decision to sanction two key Turkish officials in retaliation for the continued detention of an American cleric coupled with unqualified support for Israel and the adoption of a backseat in Syria threatens to further undermine… Continue Reading  

Armenia’s Former President Charged

Robert Kocharyan (Wikimedia Commons)

by Grigor Atanesian The second president of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, has appeared in a Yerevan court after having been charged with “usurping state power,” a significant escalation in the new government’s legal campaign against the old regime. Kocharyan, who has been… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijan’s Saber Rattling Grows Louder

Ilham Aliyev (Shutterstock)

by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijan has sharpened its threats of war against Armenia in an apparent attempt to ratchet up tension over Nagorno-Karabakh, the territory that both sides claim. Verbal threats toward Armenia are nothing new for Azerbaijan, a state for which… Continue Reading  

Armenia: Anti-Corruption Purge

Nikol Pashinyan (Wikimedia Commons)

by Grigor Atanesian Armenia’s authorities have accelerated their campaign against officials in the former government with a series of anti-corruption arrests, heightening the battle between the new regime and the former elite. After Nikol Pashinyan was elected prime minister May… Continue Reading