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.
In the latest in our series of RSC Staff Analysis publications, Dr. Haykak Arshamyan assessed the process and implications of Armenia’s membership in the Eurasian Union. In the four-page Armenian-language analysis, Arshamyan pointed out the economic costs of the move, as well as the geopolitical implications from Armenia’s dangerous dependence and alignment with Russia.
In response to the 12 November downing of a Nagorno-Karabakh army helicopter by an Azerbaijani frontline unit, the RSC released its latest “Nagorno-Karabakh Situational Assessment” on 17 November. The three page assessment warned that the shoot down of the Mi-24 combat helicopter marked a fresh escalation of tension, only enhanced by an earlier surge in fighting in August that was the most serious since the May 1994 ceasefire. The RSC report further noted that the repercussions from this one incident are even more significant, however, with broader implications, ranging from the military situation to the peace process itself.