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  

Does Iran’s Constitution Promote Export of Islamic Revolution?

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by Eldar Mamedov Some claims are repeated unchallenged so often that they end up becoming part of the conventional wisdom. Such is the case with the assertion that the Iranian constitution mandates the export of the country’s Islamic revolution and… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and Iran Battle It out in Azerbaijan

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by James M. Dorsey It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen as well as Qatar, the kingdom and the Islamic republic are… Continue Reading