Karena Avedissian

Karena Avedissian

Dr. Karena Avedissian is a political scientist focused on social movements, new media, civil society, and security in the former Soviet Union, with an area focus on Russia and the Caucasus. She received her PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2015. Since then, she has worked as Research Fellow at the University of Southern California and the University of Birmingham on topics of comparative democracy and authoritarianism, state-building in Armenia, and state influence in the post-Soviet space. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, the Moscow Times, Open Democracy, Global Voices, Transitions Online, and Hetq. She is currently a lecturer at the American University of Armenia.

Name the Aggressor

Name the Aggressor

Following Azerbaijan’s latest attack, this time against Armenia proper, international actors are calling on both sides to de-escalate the situation. Bothsidism in this context is ridiculous, tiresome, and shameful. Not naming the aggressor or who is benefiting from violence is not a neutral act. It is not telling the truth.

Primer: Retraining Healthcare Professionals

When parents have a child born with a disability, it is usually healthcare professionals who often apply social pressure on them to reject their baby. This is a primer of EVN Report’s White Paper, “Retraining Healthcare Professionals: The Practice of Placing Children with Disabilities in Institutions in Armenia.”

Understanding the Region: Energy in the South Caucasus

Understanding the Region: Energy in the South Caucasus

Once-integrated energy channels were disrupted with the fragmentation of the Soviet Union, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia began rebuilding their impaired energy infrastructures. How have these countries with different degrees of European and Russian influence and different energy needs and natural oil and gas reserves fared so far and what do they have in common?