Garen Nazarian is an attorney from California specializing in criminal defense. He holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and a law degree from UCLA. He previously lived in Armenia from 2012-2016. While in Armenia, he was placed at Armenia’s Ministry of Justice for two years through a fellowship sponsored by Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where he worked with deputy ministers on legislative reforms. He subsequently took on the position of legal specialist with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, where he created and implemented programs aimed at enhancing legal education in Armenia. Simultaneously, for a three-year period, in conjunction with the US Embassy in Yerevan, he taught a weekly trial advocacy and legal analysis course to Armenian lawyers and law students. Garen closely follows Armenia’s domestic politics and foreign affairs.
Instead of playing semantics, PM Nikol Pashinyan should have taken responsibility for the war's disastrous outcome and resigned. A golden opportunity to push the democratic movement forward was squandered.
Several popular myths that had become deeply entrenched in Armenian society began collapsing after the war. Today, new myths are being constructed. Will Armenians risk fooling themselves into disingenuous politics and disastrous policy based on a set of new myths?