On 31 October, RSC Director Richard Giragosian was a guest on Armenia TV’s “Point of Intersection” (“Հատման կետ”) talk show, hosted by noted journalist and former BBC Armenian Service Director Mark Grigorian. The show featured two other analysts and one member of the Armenian parliament and assessed the recent Paris meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents and reviewed the status of the Karabakh peace process. With consecutive translation, Giragosian’s original English-language statements are also available.
In an article for the Anadolu News Agency, journalist Handan Kazanci cited the RSC in a report from Armenia that examined the role of Azerbaijan in “stalling normalization between Yerevan and Ankara.” Kazanci was a participant in the “Media Bus” project, along with ten fellow journalists and bloggers from Turkey and ten Armenian colleagues. RSC Director Richard Giragosian was cited in the article, based on comments during the group’s visit to the RSC offices in Yerevan, where they met with RSC staff.
On 29 August, the Regional Studies Center (RSC) issued a brief statement in defense of the decision by Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian to attend the 28 August inauguration ceremony of Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The statement, issued by RSC Director Richard Giragosian noted that “although I have been sometimes critical of the Armenian foreign minister in the past, I both welcome and defend his decision to attend the Turkish presidential inauguration.” The statement went on to say that “the presence of the Armenian foreign minister was significant, despite the fact that Turkey has yet to establish diplomatic relations or open the closed border with Armenia.” The statement then went on to specify several points illustrating the advantages of this decision and demonstrating how it strengthens Armenian diplomacy and foreign policy.
In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Armenian Service on 27 August, RSC Director Richard Giragosian commented on the latest developments regarding the “delays and deferrals” over the Armenian government’s stated goal to join the Russian-dominated Customs Union/Eurasian Union.
Georgia ratified its Association Agreement with the EU on July 18.
In an interview with the Georgian magazine “Investor.ge,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian analyzed the potential impact of Tbilisi’s move toward Europe on the rest of the region. According to Giragosian, “In a largely symbolic move, the Georgian parliament formally ratified its Association Agreement with the European Union (EU) on July 18. The agreement, which was signed on June 27 in Brussels, represented a crowning achievement for Georgia after several years of complex negotiations, and elevated Georgia one step closer to Europe.”