• Will EU and EAEU Cooperate: How, Where and When?

    While eliminating sanctions and all obstacles are conditioned by and requires tough mutual concessions on both sides, Armenia and CEPA (Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnerhsip Agreement) may become the first test and platform for the dialogue between the EU and EAEU, predetermining other opportunities for their further cooperation.   

    Անի Եղիազարյան, 

  • A View From Yerevan: Summarizing Pashinyan’s Achievements: «AW»

    Before the revolution, Armenia was considered one of the most monopolized countries in the former USSR and Eastern Europe, and the monopoly on imports of certain products belonged to the people in the immediate circle of ex-president Serge Sarkisian. After becoming Prime Minister, Pashinyan announced that there should be no monopolies in Armenia and everyone will be able to import whatever they want.

    Armen Vardanyan, 

    Expert on Iranian Affairs, Political Developments & Security Programme

  • What Do U.S.-Armenia Relations Look Like Under Pashinyan? «AW»

    As for the expected changes in Armenian foreign policy towards the U.S., Armenian authorities will not make serious changes to the agenda in the near future. Armenia will continue to pursue a balanced foreign policy, being a strategic ally of Russia and maintaining close relations with U.S., EU and Iran.

    Armen Vardanyan, 

    Expert on Iranian Affairs, Political Developments & Security Programme

  • Brexit: Legal and Political Motives and the EU Future Policy

    This situation has led to raising a number of questions within the EU about the EU policies, as a result of which it can be anticipated that in the future the EU will try to deal with the regulation of those issues and probably make necessary changes. Therefore, the European Union will direct its efforts to promoting the close cooperation between the remaining Member States, thus also preventing the example of the UK from becoming viral and ensuring the future development of a stronger and closer European Union.

    AIISA Partner Experts, Armenian Expert Community, 

  • Former Armenian President Robert Kocharian and Russian President Vladimir Putin, 2001.

    How Will Russia React to Robert Kocharian’s Arrest (or Will It At All)?-«The Armenian Weekly»

    But it is highly probable that Armenian authorities came to an agreement with Russia before the arrest of Kocharian or they already knew the possible reaction of the Kremlin. On the day of Kocharian’s detention, Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan was in St. Petersburg to attend the regular session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. In the framework of this visit, PM Nikol Pashinyan met with Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and supposedly discussed the issue of Kocharian’s detention.

    Armen Vardanyan, 

    Expert on Iranian Affairs, Political Developments & Security Programme

  • Artsakh Independence celebration in Stepanakert.

    Will the Political Moment for the Resolution of Nagorno Karabakh Conflict Ever Come?

    It is obvious that the president of the Russian Federation does not touch upon the Karabakh issue at any of these meetings, not because the Kremlin does not know who – the President or the Prime Minister – will be negotiating on behalf of Armenia, as some Russian experts say. The main reason is that Moscow does not know how to deal with the new Armenian authorities in order to continue pursuing its previous goals.

    Styopa Safaryan,  Founder & head of research programmes

  • To say that tomorrow a large-scale war can begin is wrong: «A1+»

    At any moment you need to be ready for war, but to say that tomorrow a large-scale war can begin is wrong. The enemy may even start a loyal war,” today, referring to the movements of the Azerbaijani armed forces in the Nakhijevan direction, in the last period.

    AIISA Events Team, 

  • Urgent need for Armenia-Russia relations inventory: «Independent»

    The new political course of the new government supposes development and deepening of relations in all directions, however, not at the expense of the other, is what is called diversification, no matter how difficult it’s to utter this word.

    Ruben Mehrabyan, 

    Associate Fellow, Foreign Policy Developments & Security programme

  • Gevorg Melikyan, AIISA associate fellow, assistant and press secretary to the president of the Republic of Armenia

    AIISA associate fellow Gevorg Melikyan appointed assistant to RA president

    The Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs heartily congratulates Gevorg Melikyan, wishing him fruitful work. AIISA is confident, trustworthy and supportive of its associate fellow Gevorg Melikyan in honorable and responsible task of serving and investing his professional capabilities for the benefit of Armenian statehood and Armenia’s sovereignty.

    AIISA Events Team, 

  • Protests in Yerevan (Source: KUNM)

    Moscow Worries Armenian ‘Velvet Revolution’ Could Lessen Its Leverage Over Yerevan: «EDM»

    However, Moscow’s continued primacy inside Armenia is threatened by his eagerness to dismantle the oligarchic order and to undermine the pre-existing domestic economic monopolies through effective reforms. In other words, Pashinyan’s overriding target is to subdue and disrupt this very framework through systemic reforms, which would inherently diminish Russia’s heavy influence on Armenia’s domestic politics and economy, even without the latter country’s departure from the Moscow-controlled Eurasian Economic Union or CSTO.

    Gevorg Melikyan, 

    Associate Fellow, Political Developments & Security Programme