US INTELLIGENCE REPORTS TO CONGRESS ON WORLD WIDE THREAT ASSESSMENT
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, repo... Read News
RSC STAFF ANALYSIS ON DOMESTIC ARMENIAN POLITICS
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 th... Read News
RSC RELEASES BRIEF ANALYTICAL NOTE ON NEW SURPRISE IN ARMENIAN POLITICS
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 Sus... Read News
NEW RSC STAFF ANALYSIS OF ARMENIA’S MEMBERSHIP IN EURASIAN UNION
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... Read News
RSC ANALYSIS: NAGORNO-KARABAKH SITUATIONAL ASSESSMENT
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 Novemb... Read News
US INTELLIGENCE REPORTS TO CONGRESS ON WORLD WIDE THREAT ASSESSMENT26 February 2015
RSC STAFF ANALYSIS ON DOMESTIC ARMENIAN POLITICS25 February 2015
MORE COMMENTARY BY RSC STAFF ON KARABAKH MEDIATION28 January 2015
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In a far-ranging interview with the “1in.am” electronic news agency on January 27, RSC Senior Analyst David Shanhazaryan assessed the recent clashes along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the flare-up of fighting, and offered an analysis of the current crisis in Armeian-Russian relations.
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RSC Director Richard Giragosian participated in a discussion of the recent escalation of clashes over Nagorno Karabakh and along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in a roundtable organized by the Yerevan-based Media Center on January 26. Giragosian joined Armenian parliamentarian Tevan Poghosyan, Stepan Girgoryan, the head of the Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, and Shahin Rzayev, the Azerbaijan country director of the Baku office of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR).
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In detailed comments published in the Sunday edition of the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman entitled, “Turkey’s attempt to distract from Armenian centennial commemorations falls short,” RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered his assessment of the Turkish president’s invitation to his Armenian counterpart to attend the April 24 centennial commemorations of the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I, to be held on the same day as the traditional commemoration of the Armenian genocide.
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RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the recent escalation of clashes in an interview on January 23 with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service. Giragosian noted “the significant expansion of the recent clashes, in terms of both intensity and geography, noting the fighting went far beyond Nagorno Karabakh to include the Armenian-Azerbaijani border proper.” Stressing that “this latest escalation began well before this past month, but warned that unlike the past, when ceasefire violations were measured by the number of shots fired, this escalation is now dangerously defined by casualties nearly every day.”
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RSC Project Coordinator Haykak Arshamyan appeared in an interview on the Shoghakat TV station on January 22, offering an analysis of Armenian national identity. Hosted by Anna Sargsyan, the interview, entitled “Totalitarian System and Man: National Identity,” included the opinions of anthropologist Mkhitar Gabrielyan. For his part, Dr. Arshamyan noted that Armenian national identity was “national in form, and socialistic in content,” as “this was how the system and the formation of national identity would relate to each other as forced by the Soviet totalitarian system.” Arshamyan then focused on how national identity was transformed in the totalitarian and post-totalitarian period.