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  

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  

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