In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Papers, entitled, “Russian Hard Power in the South Caucasus,” RSC Resident Fellow Kathleen C. Weinberger offers an innovative analysis of the main drivers and determinants of Russian strategy for securing its power and influence throughout the “near abroad.”
In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Papers, two RSC staff members offered a fresh analysis of various aspects of the ongoing discussion in Armenia over the government’s plans to amend the Armenian constitution. In the first paper, Dr. Mikayel Zolyan, RSC Analyst, assessed the course of Armenia’s proposed constitutional reforms in a 5-page article entitled, “Parliamentary Democracy or One-Party State: What is Behind Armenia’s Constitutional Reform.” The second paper, authored by RSC Resident Fellow Kathleen C. Weinberger and entitled, “Armenia’s Constitutional Reforms: Forward Movement or Momentous Fallacy?” examines the issue of Armenian constitutional reform in the broader international context with an added comparative analysis.
As part of an annual series of US Congressional hearings, two senior intelligence community officials testified at an open hearing before the US Senate Armed Services Committee on 26 February, reporting on the “Worldwide Threat Assessment.” The attached are the official declassified reports from James R. Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Papers, Dr. Haykak Arshamyan offered his assessment of recent political developments related to the confrontation between the ruling Republican Party and the country’s second-largest political party, Prosperous Armenia. His three-page Armenian-language analysis also focused of the impact of these developments, in terms of the broader political transition in Armenia.
In a brief analytical note released on January 27, the RSC looks at an interesting development, with implications for Armenian politics. The one-page brief, entitled “A Fresh Surprise and New Suspense in Armenian Domestic Politics,” looks at the possible emergence of Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan as a possible contender for the Armenian presidency.