The 2020 Artsakh War highlighted the urgency of addressing security pitfalls. The January 2021 issue of EVN Report’s Magazine, entitled “Security,” covers a wide spectrum of security concerns facing Armenia, from energy security to physical security to food security and beyond. Armenia has a maximum of five years, the period in which Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in Artsakh, to reconfigure its security architecture.
Armenia’s significant demographic decline over the past 30 years due to emigration and declining birth rates has affected nearly all areas of life in the country from industry to education to the military.
Armenia needs to reconfigure the political economy of its security architecture by utilizing its security alliance with Russia, through a mechanism of burden-sharing, where Russia’s geopolitical interests are aligned with Armenia’s security interests.
The scale and level of coordination of cyberattacks by Azerbaijani hackers in 2020, indicates careful planning and centralized coordination. Artur Papyan writes about the need for education about cybersecurity in Armenia, in both the private and public sectors.
In a world where pandemics, extreme climatic phenomena and natural disasters are becoming more common, the issue of food security is a global challenge of increasing importance. Armenia is not immune to these developments.
Armenia has an incredible potential to tap into its natural resources sustainably and moreover ensure green economic growth. What is needed is visionary thinking as well as effective, professional and technocratic governance.