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The paradox of Armenia’s domestic violence law

If passed, Armenia’s draft law against domestic violence will only nurture patriarchy.

Armenia’s parents dream of having sons

Armenia still has one of the world’s highest rates of sex-selective abortions. Here are the mothers’ stories.

Armenia and Azerbaijan’s collision course over Nagorno-Karabakh

Sound principles for conflict resolution over Nagorno-Karabakh exist. But mistrust, a gulf between mediators and the parties involved, as well as Baku and Yerevan's appetite for military gains render the current formula impossible. 

A culinary conflict in the South Caucasus

How national cuisines became yet another battlefield in the enmity between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Русский

In Armenia, the frontline starts at school

The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh is no closer to resolution. But in Armenia, a few teachers are encouraging their students to think beyond “ancient hatreds”. Русский

Diminishing public trust in Armenia’s electoral process

After revealing evidence of electoral campaiging for Armenia's ruling party by public sector employees, this NGO is facing a defamation suit and attacks in the press. 

Гагик Царукян возвращается

Перед парламентскими выборами в Армении один из самых колоритных публичных персонажей возвращается в политику. Кто такой Гагик Царукян - и какова его политическая позиция? English

Running for Tsar: Armenia’s Gagik Tsarukyan

One of Armenia’s most colourful public figures has returned to politics in time for parliamentary elections. What does the oligarch Gagik Tsarukyan stand for – apart from himself? на русском языке

Հայաստանը «ազգային միասնության» թակարդում

Հայաստանում՝ արտաքին ագրեսիայի պայմաններում հնչող միասնության կոչերը լռեցնում են քննադատությունը և առաջ տանում գործող ռեժիմին սատարող քաղաքականություններ նույնիսկ ընդդիմության շրջանում: English

Армения: в преддверии золотой лихорадки

Британская горнодобывающая компания нашла золотую жилу на юге Армении. Что это означает для местных жителей? English

Armenia in the trap of “national unity”

In Armenia, calls to remain united in the face of external aggression are shutting down criticism and promoting pro-regime politics, even among the opposition. հայերեն 

Հայ կնոջ տեղը ցույցերում է

Հայաստանի կին ակտիվիստները հասարակական կյանքում տարածք են պահանջում: Կարո՞ղ են արդյոք ցուցարարների կանայք, քույրերն ու մուսաները երբևէ ընկալվել հենց որպես ցուցարարներ. English

An Armenian woman’s place is at the protest

Armenia’s female activists are reclaiming space in public life. Can the wives, sisters and muses of protesters ever be seen as protesters themselves? հայերեն  

On 25 years of postmodernity in the South Caucasus

A quarter century since the collapse of Soviet rule in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, where is the region now and what can come next? Русский

Armenia’s crisis and the legacy of victory

More than 20 years after it ended, Armenia is still experiencing the burden of victory in the war over Nagorno Karabakh. 

Noah’s Valley is drying up

Corruption, ill-conceived fish farming and mismanagement are contributing to a water crisis in Armenia’s Ararat Valley. 

Depoliticising protests in Armenia

Years of social and environmental protests in Armenia have proven one thing — our demands must be political in nature. Русский

“Karabakh rules Armenia”

Shots have been fired over Nagorno-Karabakh, and leaders in Baku and Yerevan demand national unity. But behind the patriotic hysteria is a cry for social justice.

In Armenia, gender is geopolitical

A wave of homophobia in Armenia is playing on pro-Russian and pro-European sympathies. Gender has become geopolitical, and the LGBT community is fearful.

 

Checking your sources in Nagorno-Karabakh

When war in Nagorno-Karabakh flares up again, researchers, reporters, and journalists need to be careful not to feed either side’s propaganda machine. But this is easier said than done.

2016: Unsteady ground for Armenian media

Protecting sources at risk, self-censorship and poor financing — Armenia has no shortage of obstacles for its journalists to overcome in 2016. Русский

Standing up for Armenia's invisible women

Over the past five years, 30 women have been killed in Armenia as a result of domestic violence. How many more will it take for the government to act?

 

Armenia's referendum: learning to say no

On 6 December, Armenians will vote on proposed changes to their country’s constitution that will extend the powers of President Serzh Sargsyan. Most people oppose the changes, but that doesn’t mean they will win. Русский

Refugees or repatriates? Syrian Armenians return to Armenia

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Armenians have lived in Syria for centuries. Following the outbreak of war, many have been seeking refuge in Armenia. на русском языке

Film review: 'Moskvitch, My Love' (dir. Aram Shahbazyan)

As a testament to Soviet nostalgia, the plot of Moskvitch, My Love is peculiar: a father's blind pursuit of a car he can neither afford nor drive, hoping for a son who will never return.

New constitution, old faces in Armenia

President Serzh Sargsyan is pushing for constitutional reform. Is it only about staying in power? на русском языке

 

The power of Electric Yerevan

Strong-arm tactics and cynical compromises are yet to send Yerevan's protesters home. Is this the beginning of the end for the politics of old in Armenia?

 

What Armenians are protesting (and what they’re not)

Fresh protests in Yerevan have their roots in a number of deep-rooted domestic issues in Armenian politics. But we make comparisons to other protest movements at our peril.

 

Why Russia watchers should listen to Glenn Greenwald

Elites throughout the former Soviet Union are cracking down on dissent. But before Russia watchers start criticising the region’s repressive governments, they should first engage with the criticism, which has long been levelled at them.

Armenia’s foreign policy: between dependence and complementarity

oskanian pic_0.jpgThe plight of the weakest member of the Eastern Partnership region – Armenia – should have alerted policymakers to the seriousness of Russia’s intentions in re-asserting its position within ‘its’ near abroad.

 

Crime and punishment in Armenia

Gyumri massacre victim Seryozha Avetisyan laid to rest - Armenia - Demotix - PHOTOLURE News Agency.jpgAfter a Russian soldier emerged as the prime suspect in the murder of an Armenian family in Gyumri, Armenia, this month, relations between the two countries have become strained as Armenia enters the Eurasian Economic Union.

Armenia's unhappy New Year

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Armenia is now a member of the Eurasian Economic Union. But with the economy in trouble, does membership have any benefits?

 

Where now for Armenia’s opposition?

Public protests are mounting in Armenia over economic and political issues. But where is the Armenian opposition in all this?


The enemy, six feet under

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In Shirak Province, Armenia, memories of the Karabakh War still inflame; and even the cemeteries are not always sacrosanct.

 

Apostolics, evangelicals and neo-pagans in Armenia

Back in 301CE, Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its national religion, but in post-independence Armenia, the Apostolic Church has many competitors.

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