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September 18, 2023
Yerevan Chooses Political Pluralism

Yerevan Chooses Political Pluralism

While the Yerevan elections displayed a healthy growth in pluralism, with five political parties entering the Council of Elders, it also introduced the concerns of low turnout and the specter that is haunting most democratic systems: voter apathy. At the same time, the political landscape has undergone a shift, for the period of one party being the darling of the electorate is over, as is the era of fearing the anti-Velvet forces as a threat to the electoral field.

September 13, 2023
Of Ownership and Citizenry

Of Ownership and Citizenry

Ahead of municipal elections in Yerevan, Roubina Margossian writes that this fascinatingly adaptable city has hosted thousands of immigrants and a record breaking number of tourists this year, but its resources are running thin and the time before it can no longer catch up with its own development is fast running out.

August 14, 2023
Approaching the Barbell

Approaching the Barbell

While Armenia may be small in size and power, its national weightlifting team is one of the best in Europe. Armenian weightlifters have electrified the public with their numerous victories, and they continue to inspire each other with their record-breaking achievements.

August 11, 2023
Armenian Football Looks Ahead

Armenian Football Looks Ahead

While it is generally accepted that Armenians fare better in individual rather than group sports, football, the world’s number one group sport, still remains a favorite, and despite promising developments in the sport, challenges persist.

August 8, 2023
Սպորտային նվաճումների ճանապարհը

A Hub for Future Athletes

A sports college, located in a suburb of Yerevan, is one of Armenia’s most important athletic institutions that strives to prepare athletes for the country’s national teams, to even become Olympians.

June 27, 2023
Why Should You Open a Business in Armenia?

Why Should You Open a Business in Armenia?

Although relatively unknown, Armenia is a country where culture meets innovation. Situated between Europe and Asia, it has been able to draw on the strengths of both worlds. Despite the geopolitical reality, now is the time to open a business in Armenia, writes Hovsep Patvakanyan.

June 22, 2023
Innovation Is Not Accidental

Innovation Is Not Accidental

The 20th century witnessed unprecedented technological leaps for several forward-thinking nations, significantly improving the well-being of their economies and societies. This was the product of deliberate public-private efforts aimed at fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and growth in strategic areas.

June 20, 2023
What’s Next for Tech in the Mountains

What’s Next for Tech in the Mountains

The tech industry in Armenia has seen tremendous growth in size, success of new start-ups and performance against objective measures. How close is the country to another “inflection point” signaling entry into the next stage and level of growth and success?

March 30, 2023

Are Diamonds Forever?

Successive Armenian governments have emphasized the importance of the diamond industry as a key branch of the economy. Despite fluctuations and challenges, the industry continues to be well-established in Armenia.

March 8, 2023
Memory and Literature

Memory and Literature

Literature’s contours are often greatly defined by catastrophic events such as war, genocide and exile. While academic accounts tend to focus on the detached analytical overview, the Arts reflect the more emotionally engaged personal and subjective reactions to historical upheaval.

March 3, 2023
Remember “Yerevan”

Remember “Yerevan”

Yerevan had her novel, it was simply forgotten, removed from our memory. Contemporary prose shed light on the darkness of oblivion and helped us remember “Yerevan”, writes Tigran Amiryan.

March 2, 2023
Alice Ter-Ghevondian

The Invisible Issues of Translation

A considerable volume of literature from antiquity to well-known 20th century writers is now available in Armenian. There is a need to expand the scope of translations from Spanish, one of the most spoken languages in the world, writes Alice Ter-Ghevondian.

January 31, 2023
Hard Power and Its Limits

Hard Power and Its Limits

Hard power is as intrinsic to political society as politics itself. While in modern times state behavior is qualified through a fusion of hard and soft power, the traditional canon of international relations has been defined by hard power, albeit with limits.

January 26, 2023
Armenia’s Quest to Procure Arms

Armenia’s Quest to Procure Arms

Since the 2020 Artsakh War, Armenia has faced an uphill battle of recovering and upgrading its arsenal. The latest Azerbaijani invasion in September 2022, made the complexities of arms procurement, and the endeavor of doing so independent of Russia, central to Armenia’s strategy.

October 27, 2022
Armenia and India: Shared Values and Threats

Armenia and India: Shared Values and Threats

Intensified military-political cooperation marked the beginning of a new chapter in Armenia-India relations. Political scientist Georgi Asatryan writes that it can have significant implications for the balance of power in the post-Soviet region, particularly the South Caucasus.

June 29, 2022
The Editors

The Editors

During EVN Report’s Media Festival, a group of editors from different media outlets were invited to discuss the challenges and opportunities in working in an ever-changing, fluid and unstable environment.

December 31, 2021

Reflections in a Cracked Mirror

While some of the more mercantile segments of Armenia’s economic, political and media echelons prefer to uphold the delusional business-as-usual game following the war, the wider socio-cultural realm shows much healthier signs of critical self-regard.

December 27, 2021

Reflections

Issues of sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and the fragility of statehood were at the forefront of all conversations in 2021. Reflecting on the past year and some thoughts on the future.

October 29, 2021
Harissa: Tradition and Resistance

Harissa: Tradition and Resistance

Christian Armenian lore traces the origins of harissa to Gregory the Illuminator, who converted King Tiridates III to Christianity at the beginning of the 4th century. Hranoush Dermoyan traces the history of this traditional Armenian dish.

October 27, 2021
Little Leaves

Little Leaves

Preparing food can be a meditative journey of self-healing, of building community and a passage to one's heritage. It is the whispered world of women, a value created out of patience that can transform onions into translucent golden particles.

September 21, 2021
Independence

Independence

The Republic of Armenia marks the 30th anniversary of its independence on September 21, 2021. As the Soviet Union was collapsing, the Supreme Council of the Armenian SSR adopted a Declaration of Independence on August 23, 1990. On September 21, 1991 a nationwide independence referendum was held. Independence was officially declared by parliament two days later. Marking a milestone independence should be celebratory, but in the shadow of the 2020 Artsakh War, it is one that will be marked with mixed feelings and uncertainty about the future. EVN Report’s 11th magazine issue entitled “Independence” looks back over the four administrations of independent Armenia, revealing their major challenges and hurdles, their setbacks and successes. Over four days, we will cover Armenia’s first President Levon Ter-Petrosyan (1991-1998), second President Robert Kocharyan (1998-2008), third President Serzh Sargsyan (2008-2018) and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (2018-Present). As bleak as the future seems today, understanding the past is the first step to forging a brighter path for the fourth decade ahead.Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy1 text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book2.It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the rele Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy1 text

September 8, 2021

Armenian Citizenship Policy

A gradual relaxation of restrictions on citizenship has widened the circle of those who are applying. At the same time, however, the privileges of Armenian citizenship have been watered down for those who reside abroad and/or also hold other citizenships.

August 31, 2021
Exile to Siberia

Exile to Siberia

Between 1946 and 1949, around 90,000 Armenians repatriated to Soviet Armenia; they were families that had been displaced from their homes in the former Ottoman Empire during the Armenian Genocide. Some of them were exiled.

July 29, 2021
Irrigating Efficiently

Irrigating Efficiently

Armenia’s farmers need irrigation water to feed the country, but a number of bottlenecks get in the way. Because of the poor condition of the water supply system, 40-50% of irrigation water is lost before reaching its endpoint.

July 26, 2021
The Ups and Downs of Lake Sevan

The Ups and Downs of Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan is the largest freshwater and alpine lake in the entire South Caucasus. The lake’s artificial outflow which commenced in the early 1930s during the Soviet period resulted in dramatic changes in its water level and continued ecological problems.

July 1, 2021

The Judiciary as Government Regulator

The effectiveness of the justice system determines the level of respect for human rights in a country. It remains to be seen what steps the new government will take and whether the provisions of the strategic judicial reform program will be implemented.

July 1, 2021
Civic Culture

Civic Culture

In order for a democracy to function properly, it needs a citizenry that participates in civic duties. Civic culture can also be defined as a set of political attitudes, habits and behavior on behalf of citizens who are aware of their political rights and how the decision-making process affects their lives and society. Thereby, political awareness and participation/involvement in civic life ensure stability and progress. Understanding the rights and responsibilities of good citizenship is an ongoing process and involves many aspects from obeying the law to taking responsibility for oneself and to voting in elections. This month’s issue features stories about those rights and responsibilities, including individual awareness, the role of civil society and the role of the judiciary in defending human rights.Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy1 text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book2.It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the rele Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy1 text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book2.[vc_custom_heading text="A Wave

May 28, 2021

The 1919 National Elections

Although the short-lived First Republic of Armenia is often viewed through the prism of the government’s activities, such as military operations, state defense, social issues, and foreign policy, the electoral processes at the time parallel today’s reality.

April 22, 2021

Diaspora

Ahead of the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, observed on April 24, EVN Report’s April issue entitled “Diaspora” focuses on the realities of the Armenian diaspora and attempts to understand the multi-layered, multi-dimensional nature of the ever-changing Armenian diaspora. Today, in the post-war reality, it is important to redefine and recalibrate the relationship between Armenia and its diaspora. Guest editor Varak Ketsemanian, a PhD candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, writes: “Not only did the past year bring unprecedented threats to the Armenian state and the diaspora as living and dynamic units, but it has also cracked open a Pandora’s Box, unleashing a whole wave of new problems and issues that both sides were not ready to confront. The military defeat we witnessed on the battleground also signaled the defeat of long-established patterns and tropes of Armenia’s relationship with its diaspora and vice-versa. The articles of this special issue are humble efforts in this regard.”Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy1 text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book2.It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the rele Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy1 text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem

April 6, 2021
Where Am I Now?

Where Am I Now?

Post-trauma, when the imperative to continue existing before one is able to deal with the breakdown of a way of existence that was once valid, between the now and the future, between aftershocks, eight female photographers ask, “Where am I now?”

April 4, 2021

Women Who Write

Armenian women writers have largely been forgotten or ignored. Their essays, poems and novels have either never been published or have been left out of the literary canon. Here is a selection of covers written by Armenian women over the past decade.

March 23, 2021
She

She

Even when a woman has her very own day of the year, even a whole month in the case of Armenia, and even if during that month many articles will be written about her, this is not one of them.

February 21, 2021

History and Us

The past never leaves us, it casts a long shadow, influences thoughts, opinions, decisions and actions but never really repeats itself, writes historian Suren Manukyan, guest editor for this month’s issue titled “Past.”

February 21, 2021
Past

Past

Does history repeat itself? Recent events have served as a catalyst to discuss and ponder the lessons that might be drawn from history. Under the careful curation of historian and guest editor Suren Manukyan, the February 2021 issue delves into the past to try and understand the present. From the adoption of Christianity in 301 A.D. and the creation of the Armenian Alphabet a century later to the re-establishment of statehood in Cilicia, the fall of Kars and the collapse of the First Armenian Republic and beyond. More than ever, revisiting historical events through a new lens is essential for the Armenian people. Faced with similar circumstances from the past, we are collectively responsible for the chapter of Armenian history being written today.Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy1 text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book2.It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the rele Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy1 text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book2.[vc_custom_heading text="A Wave Of

January 26, 2021
Հայաստանի բնապահպանական անվտանգությունը

Armenia’s Food Security

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.

January 25, 2021
Laying Off the Gas: Energy Security in Armenia

Laying Off the Gas: Energy Security in Armenia

Diversifying Armenia’s energy sources is a strategic need of national importance. The coming decade presents an opportunity to turn direction and tackle the considerable obstacles facing the country. Strong political commitments and a focused approach are needed to make real progress.

December 20, 2020
Azerbaijan’s War Crimes

Azerbaijan’s War Crimes

Numerous war crimes were committed during and after the 2020 Artsakh War. This article provides an overview and lists many of the most horrendous and brutal war crimes committed by Azerbaijani military against Armenian servicemen and civilians.

September 26, 2020
It Has To Be Said: Soil

It Has To Be Said: Soil

Armenians have worshipped the soil since antiquity. Farming was once the main occupation of the people; the soil and working the land were the symbols of the continuity of life and fertility.

September 24, 2020
Reviving Armenia’s Viticulture Heritage

Reviving Armenia’s Viticulture Heritage

The revival of Armenia’s viticulture heritage and indigenous grape varieties is an investment that has already begun to pay dividends. The past ten years are considered the renaissance of winemaking in Armenia. It is a return to 6,100 years of history.