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  

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  

Turkish Prosecutor Doesn’t Charge Activists over Armenian Genocide Commemoration

Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan (Wikimedia Commons)

by Ayla Jean Yackley A Turkish prosecutor has decided against charging members of a human rights group who were detained for carrying placards bearing the word “genocide” during a memorial event for the victims of the World War I-era massacres… Continue Reading  

“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