“Velvet Revolution” Takes Armenia into the Unknown

Nikol Pashinyan (Wikipedia)

by Olesya Vartanyan When opposition Member of Parliament Nikol Pashinyan led a knot of marchers through northern Armenia in April to protest the return to power of long-serving leader Serzh Sargsyan, no one guessed his campaign would prompt the country to… Continue Reading  

Protests Begin Anew in Armenia

Serzh Sargsyan

by Joshua Kucera Negotiations over a transfer of power between the Armenian government and opposition broke down April 24, renewing the political crisis in the country and again sending tens of thousands of protesters out on to the streets. The… Continue Reading  

Armenia’s Sargsyan Appointed PM As Protestors Declare “Velvet Revolution”

A crowd of protesters in Yerevan (Wikimedia Commons)

by Grigor Atanesian Armenia’s National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to install Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister on April 17, ignoring protestors calling for the former president to step aside. On the fifth day of demonstrations, thousands rallied in Yerevan, shutting down the… Continue Reading  

Armenia, Azerbaijan Compete for Iranian Cargo

Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Karen Karapetyan

by Bradley Jardine On its heavily fortified border with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Armenia is developing a new strategy to overcome decades of economic isolation. But a bit to the east, on its own border with Iran, Azerbaijan is… Continue Reading  

Armenian Village Becomes Showcase of Postwar Reconstruction

A monument leading into the village (Armine Avetisyan)

by Armine Avetisyan Two years ago, Azerbaijani troops entered the village of Talish, less than a kilometer from the line of contact separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. In the fighting that ensued, Armenian forces managed to beat back… Continue Reading