New Right-Wing Groups Confront Armenia’s Revolutionary Government

by Joshua Kucera and Ani Mejlumyan A group that recently emerged in Armenia has a familiar list of enemies: LGBT advocates, the European Union, George Soros. Its members are fond of wearing black shirts and trumpeting aggressive, conservative views. That orientation at… Continue Reading  

Sotoudeh’s Case is Iran’s Own Goal

by Eldar Mamedov Last week, the European Parliament joined the international outcry over the sentencing of Iranian human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to a long prison term by voting overwhelmingly for a resolution calling for her release. The European Parliament… Continue Reading  

Azerbaijani Reactions To Armenian Elections Range From Scorn To Optimism

by Joshua Kucera Azerbaijani’s government and media have heaped scorn on the recent elections in Armenia, but some optimists in the country found reason for hope that a new leadership in Yerevan could lead to progress in resolving the two countries’… Continue Reading  

Armenia Elections Boost Hopes for Peace with Azerbaijan

by Olesya Vartanyan One of the windows in Sonya Matinyan’s home is filled in with bricks. The glass of the other is splintered by a rifle bullet. The roof has taken a few missile hits and leaking water has stained… Continue Reading  

Iran Sanctions Herald Energy Trouble for Caucasus Nations

by David O’Byrne The resumption of wide-ranging American sanctions on Iran promises economic uncertainty for the Islamic Republic’s neighbors in the Caucasus: Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Washington’s goal of reducing Iran’s oil exports to zero will not directly impact any… Continue Reading