Tag: Armenia

June 25, 2024
Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

Being no stranger to post-Soviet 1990s hunger, poverty, and instability in central Russia, Maria Gunko learns about the Armenian experience of the “cold and dark years” at a 2016 exhibit at Yerevan’s History Museum, and is astonished by how little is known about these events outside of Armenian society. In her latest piece, Gunko explores the happiness that comes when the electricity comes.

June 17, 2024
Divided We Fail

Divided We Fail

In her next piece for “Unleashed”, Sheila Paylan examines the deep divisions within the Armenian nation and questions how such discord can exist when the shared goal is Armenia's protection and prosperity and emphasizes that internal strife weakens collective efforts.

June 7, 2024

Ep. 287: The Week in Review (07.06.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of June 7: Seven people are injured following an explosion at a gas station in Armenia; repair and relief efforts continue in the regions of Lori and Tavush following devastating floods; Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev continues to insist that Armenia amend its Constitution.

June 4, 2024

Arevik Hambardzumyan: No Code Platform for Manufacturing

Arevik Hambardzumyan, co-founder and CTO of TACTUN, joins us to discuss their product; a hardware controller and no code software platform which helps automate manufacturing processes. Arevik also shared her thoughts on the challenges involved with importing electronic parts to Armenia, and the need for legislative reforms around procurement.

May 27, 2024
The Challenge of a Sacred Union

The Challenge of a Sacred Union

Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, leader of the "Tavush for the Homeland" movement, is advocating for resistance against the government's peace policy. Blending patriotism, spirituality and disobedience, his aim is to restore national morale. But can he succeed? Tigran Yegavian’s analysis.

May 24, 2024

Ep. 286: The Week in Review (24.05.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of May 24: Armenian and Azerbaijani border guard troops deployed to the newly delimited section of the border; Moscow recalls its ambassador to Armenia; Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan to lead protest rally in Yerevan over the weekend and more.

May 20, 2024
Love and Let Love

Love and Let Love

If we truly care about our own freedom, then we must strive to embrace a philosophy of live and let live, love and let love, writes Sheila Paylan in her next piece for “Unleashed”.

May 17, 2024

Ep. 285: The Week in Review (17.05.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of May 17: Protests led by Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan continue in Yerevan; border commissions of Armenia and Azerbaijan sign a protocol on demarcated sections of the border; Armenia’s anti-corruption court is reviewing discrepancies in the 2022 financial reports of the ruling Civil Contract party and more.

May 17, 2024
Hungary: Baku’s Friend in Brussels

Hungary: Baku’s Friend in Brussels

Hungary recently blocked EU assistance to Armenia through the European Peace Facility, yet another move highlighting its strategic alignment with Azerbaijan, from supporting Baku's actions in Nagorno-Karabakh to blocking EU statements condemning them to extraditing a convicted murderer more than a decade earlier.

May 10, 2024

Ep. 284: The Week in Review (10.05.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of May 10: Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Primate of the Diocese of Tavush leads a large protest against territorial concessions to Azerbaijan, demands resignation of the Prime Minister; Armenia’s Prime Minister Pashinyan meets with Russian President Putin in Moscow; Russian border guards and troops deployed to the Armenia-Azerbaijan border following the 2020 Artsakh War will be withdrawn.

May 7, 2024
Luiza Avetisyan: Why Employers Need to Care About Their Brand

Luiza Avetisyan: Why Employers Need to Care About Their Brand

Luiza Avetisyan, the co-founder of Staff.am and Hirebee, joins us to discuss her journey as a serial entrepreneur in the HR tech space. Luiza spoke about the impact Staff.am has had on raising employer brand awareness in Armenia’s labor market, and how Hirebee is helping companies recruit global teams more effectively. We also spoke about trends in Armenia’s labor market, such as the influx of Russian tech workers and companies to Armenia. Lastly, Luiza shared with us her most recent initiative, FemPower, which has a mission of empowering one million women globally to pursue their careers and start businesses.

May 3, 2024

EVN Security Report: April 2024

In order for Armenia to mitigate, anticipate, and deter Azerbaijan's threats and potential attacks, it must understand and qualify the mechanisms that define the Aliyev regime’s propensity for bellicosity, and gauge its “coercive credibility”.

April 22, 2024
Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle

Reflecting on her experience in law school, Sheila Paylan highlights the prevalence of form over substance in many aspects of society and calls for cutting through the superficial glitz to appreciate the true value of what lies beneath and within.

April 19, 2024

Ep. 281: The Week in Review (19.04.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of April 19: Russian peacekeepers begin withdrawing from Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh; border commissions of Armenia and Azerbaijan reach preliminary agreement on the demarcation of the northern part of the state border; France recalls its ambassador to Azerbaijan and more.

April 19, 2024
Freedom House Assesses Armenia’s Democracy

Freedom House Assesses Armenia’s Democracy

Freedom House's Nations in Transit 2024 report downgraded Armenia's democracy score. It also highlighted the spread of autocracy in the region, emphasizing that Western democracies have been inconsistent and hesitant in defending international norms, enabling autocracies to evade accountability.

April 12, 2024

Ep. 280: The Week in Review (12.04.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of April 12: Amid increasing aggressive rhetoric from Azerbaijan and several ceasefire violations, an Azerbaijani serviceman is wounded following a border incident; a delegation of the EU Political and Security Committee holds meetings in Yerevan; Armenia and Georgia agree to finalize border delimitation and more.

April 5, 2024

Ep. 279: The Week in Review (05.04.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of April 5: A much anticipated trilateral meeting kicked off in Brussels between the EU, the U.S. and Armenia; in response, Azerbaijan ramped up its rhetoric accusing the West of exclusionary and inflammatory steps; a former Artsakh official is arrested on espionage charges while being escorted to Armenia from Artsakh by the ICRC and more.

April 2, 2024

Lilit Margaryan: A Science Week to Popularize Science in Armenia

Lilit Margaryan, the operations manager of Gituzh, joins us to discuss what the initiative has managed to achieve over the last three years. We also dive into the concept of national research and innovation systems, and discuss the prioritization of strategic scientific directions. Lastly, Lilit shares with us their upcoming initiative called Science Week, a week-long series of events that aims to promote science in Armenia.

March 29, 2024

Ep. 278: The Week in Review (29.03.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of March 29: A group of armed men storm a police station in Yerevan; Armenia bans two Russian TV programs hosted by Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Salavyov; Armenia’s Prime Minister says that there is only one government in Armenia, in response to the last President of Artsakh’s announcement that the Artsakh government is operating in exile in Armenia and more.

March 25, 2024
Noli Me Tangere

Noli Me Tangere

"Noli Me Tangere" delves into the significance of the Latin phrase, exploring its symbolism in religious and literary contexts. Sheila Paylan unveils personal encounters with the phrase, reflecting on its relevance in navigating life's challenges and asserting individual sovereignty.

March 22, 2024

Ep. 277: The Week in Review (22.03.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of March 22: Discussions about the handover of four abandoned villages to Azerbaijan continued; Armenians from Artsakh hold a rally in Yerevan’s Freedom Square demanding more aid from the Armenian government and international security guarantees for their return; Armenia’s national carrier, FlyArna’s license is suspended for six months and more.

March 22, 2024
Towards a Franco-Armenian Strategic Partnership?

Towards a Franco-Armenian Strategic Partnership?

The Coordinating Council of Armenian Associations in France recently hosted its annual dinner in Paris against the backdrop of heightened geopolitical tensions and concerns over Armenia's security. The focus shifted to the role of France in implementing deterrence measures and sanctions against Azerbaijan.

March 19, 2024

Vahe Nigoghosian: Developing Armenia’s Mechanical Engineering Chops

Vahe Nigoghosian, the founder of EngineerX, joins us to discuss their efforts in building a mechanical engineering ecosystem in Armenia. Vahe shared their recent achievement of becoming an official partner of engineering software provider SolidWorks in Armenia, and the importance of building up a talent pool with expertise in using the system. We also spoke about Vahe’s experience doing business in Armenia, and what it would take to attract a Fortune 500 engineering firm to open an office in the country․

March 15, 2024

Ep. 276: The Week in Review (15.03.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of March 15: According to a new poll, 40% of respondents in Armenia view Russia as a political threat; Yerevan City Council to raise transportation fares starting September; India launches strategic air cargo flights for exports to Armenia and more.

March 12, 2024
Արցախից Գազա, ոչ ոք ազատ չի լինի

From Artsakh to Gaza, No One Will Be Free

An Armenian film, “1489” won the Main Jury and the International Federation of Film Critics prizes at the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam in 2023 amid upheaval and controversy that triggered a series of withdrawals and boycotts of the festival for its perceived silence regarding Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

March 8, 2024

Ep. 275: The Week in Review (08.03.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of March 8: Armenia asked Russia to withdraw its border guards from Yerevan’s Zvartnots International airport; Armenia repatriates the Azerbaijani serviceman, who crossed the border in Syunik last week as a show of goodwill; the unfinished uppers section of the Cascade complex has been returned to the Yerevan Municipality by the Cafesjian Museum Foundation.

March 1, 2024

Ep. 274: The Week in Review (01.03.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of March 1: Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan meet in Berlin; PM Pashinyan says Armenia may consider freezing its membership in the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization; armed Azerbaijani soldier crosses into Armenian territory and is apprehended.

February 26, 2024
Taking Off/Letting Go

Taking Off/Letting Go

If we can achieve consistent stillness, focus and wisdom that can be called upon even in the most trying situations, then we obtain a ferocious capacity to build and grow, writes Sheila Paylan, whose frequent flights have helped her learn the art of letting go.

February 23, 2024

Ep. 273: The Week in Review (23.02.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of February 23: France’s Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu is in Armenia, marking the first time a French defense minister has made an official visit; the remains of French-Armenian Resistance fighters Missak and Melinee Manouchian are inducted as French national heroes in the Pantheon in Paris; the EUMA marks one year anniversary in Armenia and more.

February 19, 2024
Between State and Fatherland: A Tale of Two Mountains

Between State and Fatherland: A Tale of Two Mountains

Mount Ararat doesn't stand as an obstacle to building a functional state, and suddenly loving Mount Aragats will not help us achieve our goals. Before we jettison our national symbols en masse, we need concrete plans and state-driven programs to improve the lives of an already beleaguered nation, writes Daniel Tahmazyan.

February 13, 2024

Karine Martirosyan: Building Virtual Fitting Rooms

Karine Martirosyan, the founder and CEO of Wearify, joins us to discuss her start-up’s vision for helping online consumers try on clothes virtually before buying them. Karine shares how Wearify builds 3D avatars of their users so that they can see how clothes look on them while shopping online, just as they would in a real store. We also spoke about the role that 3D avatars will take on in the coming years as digital environments become increasingly used for a variety of use cases. Lastly, Karine shared her thoughts on how to decentralize tech in Armenia and promote greater activity outside of Yerevan.

February 6, 2024
Cyber Operations and International Law

Cyber Operations and International Law

In the ever-evolving landscape of modern warfare, the significance of cyber operations has grown significantly, providing nations with additional means to project power, exert influence and secure strategic advantages. Davit Khachatryan looks at the contemporary nature of conflicts in the digital age and their adherence to the foundational principles established by the UN.

February 5, 2024
Can Armenia Be Independent?

Can Armenia Be Independent?

In a voluminous collection of texts, historian and former diplomat Jirair Libaridian examines the reasons behind the moral, military and intellectual defeat of the Armenian elite in the context of three issues: the contemporary history of the Republic of Armenia, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and Armenian-Turkish relations.

February 2, 2024

Ep. 270: The Week in Review (02.02.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of February 2: Deputy Minister of Economy and six others arrested on corruption charges; Armenia’s National Airline Carrier FlyArna announces that it is suspending flights; constitutional changes look to be on the horizon and more.

January 26, 2024
The Need to Diversify Armenia’s Financial System

The Need to Diversify Armenia’s Financial System

Banks make up the largest portion of Armenia's domestic financial system, accounting for approximately 79% of its total assets. While the banking system is well-regulated and devoid of bankruptcies for more than two decades, Armenia needs to diversify its financial system to ensure growth and prosperity.

January 19, 2024
Ep. 268: The Week in Review (19.01.24)

Ep. 268: The Week in Review (19.01.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of January 19: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blames Armenia for lack of progress in peace talks; French Senate adopts resolution condemning Azerbaijan’s military offensive in Artsakh, deploring any further attempt at aggression and violation of the territorial integrity of Armenia; third non-combat death in one week registered in the country and more.

January 12, 2024

Ep. 267: The Week in Review (12.01.24)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of January 12: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev threatens to keep Armenia in an “eternal deadlock”; Greece’s Foreign Affairs Minister visits Armenia; two non-combat deaths were reported in one day and more.

January 12, 2024
Մեր տանն ենք, բայց մեր տանը չենք

We’re Home, And Yet We’re Not

In September, two families-in-law from Artsakh found refuge in the village of Yeghvard, Armenia, joining over 100,000 displaced Armenians facing similar challenges. Marut Vanyan, a journalist from Artsakh, provides insight into their experiences.

January 5, 2024
EVN Security Report: December 2023

EVN Security Report: December 2023

An institutional theory of security is necessary for Armenia so that it escapes institutional underdevelopment and the culture of inchoate security thinking inherited from the Soviet legacy, writes Nerses Kopalyan for the December 2023 security report.

December 25, 2023
The (Un)Fairytale of Siranush

The (Un)Fairytale of Siranush

Following the story of Dastakert, Armenia’s smallest city, this next essay in the “Outside In” series looks behind the veil of yet another small Armenian city and offers a glimpse into the lives of its “void dwellers”, namely Siranush.

December 25, 2023

ՁայնաՊատում. Արտաշես Մեծի խաղաղության օազիսը

Ինչպե՞ս Կարթագենի առաջնորդ Հաննիբալը հայտնվեց Հայաստանում ու ինչպիսի դեր ունեցավ Հայաստանի հետագա զարգացման վրա, ի՞նչ պայմաններում գահ բարձրացավ Արտաշես Մեծն ու հեղափոխական ինչ բարեշրջումներ կատարեց, անդրադառնում է Վահրամ Մարտիրոսյանի ՁայնաՊատումը, որտեղ հեղինակն առավել մանրամասն է ներկայացնում իրավիճակն ու ավելի շատ փակագծեր բացում, քան հոդվածում։

December 22, 2023

Ep. 265: The Week in Review (22.12.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of December 22: Armenia’s National Commission on Television and Radio temporarily suspends broadcast of the Russian Sputnik Armenia news agency; 26 fishermen are arrested after attacking officers in Lake Sevan; for the first-time ever, an Armenian film has been short-listed for the Oscars and more.

December 19, 2023

Sona Veziryan: Recapping 2023 in Tech in Armenia

Sona Veziryan, Director of the Business Angel Network of Armenia (BANA), joins us to provide a review of the progress and developments in Armenia’s tech ecosystem throughout 2023. Sona offered insights into the variety of companies she encounters as an investor, and the kinds of companies she aspires to see more of in Armenia in the future. She also shared with us her thoughts on the state of the investment landscape both in Armenia, as well as globally, and what she expects in 2024. Lastly, Sona shared her thoughts on how to popularize angel investing in Armenia.

December 15, 2023

Ep. 264: The Week in Review (15.12.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of December 15: 32 Armenian POWs return to Armenia from Azerbaijani captivity; Armenia’s Foreign Minister receives an exclusive invitation to participate in EU Foreign Affairs Council gathering in Brussels; the EUMA expands its mission in Armenia bringing the total number of staff from 138 to 209.

December 13, 2023
New Canadian Embassy Signals Commitment to Support Armenia

New Canadian Embassy Signals Commitment to Support Armenia

More than three decades after Armenia's independence, Canada finally opened its embassy in Yerevan. Canada's first resident Ambassador Andrew Turner, a career diplomat, speaks to EVN Report's Maria Titizian about the journey to establish an embassy and Canada's strong commitment to support Armenia's democracy and security.

December 8, 2023

Ep. 263: The Week in Review (08.12.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of December 8: Armenia and Azerbaijan announce an exchange of prisoners — 32 Armenian POWs for two Azerbaijani servicemen; an Armenian soldier is killed by an Azerbaijani sniper in Armenia’s Vayots Dzor region; EU Ambassador to Armenia announces that the EU is considering providing non-lethal military aid to Armenia as part of the European Peace Facility.

October 20, 2023
Armenians of Artsakh: Aching for Home

Armenians of Artsakh: Aching for Home

As the forcibly displaced Armenians of Artsakh struggle to comprehend the magnitude of their loss, memories of the homes and lives they were forced to leave behind suffocate them. Theirs is a story of being ripped from their roots, of pain and dispossession.

October 9, 2023
In Search of a New Home: Zorak

In Search of a New Home: Zorak

More than 500 forcibly displaced Armenians from Artsakh are now in the village of Zorak in Armenia’s Ararat region, where several families are living together in one house, some even in their trucks. Photojournalist Ani Gevorgyan tells their story.

October 6, 2023

Sargis Karapetyan: The Tech Community’s Role in Armenia’s Future

Sargis Karapetyan, the interim CEO of the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises (UATE), joins us to discuss the tech community’s role in building a prosperous and secure future for Armenia. Karapetyan explained his vision for UATE and the role it needs to play in talent building, fostering connections in the industry and advocating for a regulatory framework under which companies in Armenia can solve hard tech problems. We also spoke about Digitec 2023’s reboot, and its emphasis on building for the local market. Lastly, Karapetyan spoke about the innovation center that UATE launched in Ijevan earlier this year, and plans for building similar innovation centers across the country.

October 5, 2023

Humanity in Times of Darkness

Communications Manager and Spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Zara Amatuni, speaks to EVN Report about the work of the ICRC following the mass exodus of the indigenous Armenian population of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) after Azerbaijan's large-scale attack, the challenges facing the forcibly displaced who are now in Armenia and the fate of the missing.

September 15, 2023

Ep. 251: The Week in Review (15.09.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of September 15, 2023: Tensions in the region continue to dominate headlines, including the growing rift between Russia and Armenia; a Russian Red Cross truck carrying humanitarian aid crosses into Artsakh through the Aghdam road; the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hosts a hearing on the situation in Artsakh and more.

September 14, 2023
Examining the Context: Azerbaijan’s Madman Strategy and the Normalization of Coercion

Examining the Context: Azerbaijan’s Madman Strategy and the Normalization of Coercion

EVN Report's Editor-in-Chief Maria Titizian speaks with Dr. Nerses Kopalyan, author of the monthly series "EVN Security Report" who explains the madman theory, a strategy in coercive bargaining, where the perceived extremism of an actor is leveraged to achieve one-sided outcomes. In this context, Kopalyan explains how Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s bargaining posture operates off of the logic that if his terms are not met, he reserves the right to wage war, thus anchoring the threat of destruction to force acquiescence from Armenia and the international community.

September 8, 2023
Ep. 250: The Week in Review (08.09.23)

Ep. 250: The Week in Review (08.09.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of September 8, 2023: Heavy Azerbaijani military buildup around Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia as fears of a new war mount; three students arbitrarily detained by Azerbaijani forces at the Hakari bridge are released; amid escalating tensions, US-Armenia joint military exercise to take place in Armenia next week and more.

September 5, 2023

Mariam Torosyan: Building a Virtual Safe Space for Women

Mariam Torosyan, the CEO and founder of Safe YOU, joined us to discuss her platform's mission to empower women by providing tools to report cases of sexual and domestic violence, seek help, and to create a virtual safe space for women. We delved into the progress Safe YOU has made since its inception three years ago, including the thoughtful consideration of various cultural factors that guide their implementation strategies. Lastly, Mariam shared her insights on the current state of women in the tech industry in Armenia, highlighting the efforts and challenges in ensuring that women not only have access to opportunities but are also encouraged to establish companies and assume leadership roles.

August 18, 2023

Ep. 247: The Week in Review (18.08.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of August 18, 2023: The UN Security Council convenes emergency meeting to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Artsakh where the first case of death by starvation was recorded; Azerbaijan cuts Internet supply to the population of Artsakh for several hours; eleven people are killed in a tragic car crash on the Yerevan-Gyumri highway and more.

August 15, 2023

Narek Aslikyan: Armenia’s Talent Infrastructure

In this episode, Narek Aslikyan, co-founder and CEO of Armenian Code Academy, provides insight into the Armenian tech industry's talent infrastructure. He explains how the Academy prepares individuals for employment in both technical and non-technical roles. We also discussed what is required to create employment opportunities outside Yerevan, and the strategies to encourage various stakeholders to expand into different regions of Armenia.

August 4, 2023

Ep. 245: The Week in Review (04.08.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of August 4, 2023: Despite calls from around the world to lift the blockade of Artsakh, Baku continues to strangulate 120,000 people; the abduction and arrest of a 68-year-old resident of Artsakh during a humanitarian transfer raises fears of deepening the already acute crisis in the region; diplomats accredited to Armenia and UN agencies visit Kornidzor where trucks of humanitarian aid continue to be blocked by Baku.

July 25, 2023
A Peace to Fail All Peace

A Peace to Fail All Peace

International mediators have to step up their pressure on Baku, which must include the threat of sanctions in response to further military action against Armenia and continued refusal to unblock the Lachin Corridor.

July 21, 2023
Memory Erases Memory

Memory Erases Memory

Photojournalist Vaghinak Ghazaryan and Russian writer and journalist Yan Shenkman explore notions of immigration, exile, perhaps even sojourner through images and words to describe the challenges of leaving one life to start another one in a new country.

July 18, 2023

Suzanna Shamakhyan: Finding Innovative Solutions to Education in Armenia

Suzanna Shamakhyan, Vice President of Strategic Programming at the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST), joins us to discuss the organization’s initiatives to improve education and science in Armenia. She breaks down how the current poor state of the country’s education system can be viewed as an opportunity to pilot innovative new solutions. We also discussed FAST’s new Generation AI program, which aims to bring artificial intelligence education to high schools in Armenia.

July 14, 2023

Ep. 242: The Week in Review (14.07.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of July 14, 2023: Baku bans the ICRC from providing humanitarian aid through the Lachin Corridor, accuses the organization of smuggling illegal goods; a large rally takes place in Stepanakert, Artsakh demanding the unblocking of the Lachin Corridor and an adequate international response; the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan are set to meet in Brussels tomorrow.

July 4, 2023
Hamlet Azarian

Hamlet Azarian: How to Grow a Start-up

Hamlet Azarian, CEO and founder of Azarian Growth Agency joins us to discuss validating start-up ideas, gaining traction, and scaling companies. Azarian breaks down the data-driven approach the agency takes to growth marketing, and what metrics they track to ensure that start-ups reach their growth goals. We also discussed Azarian Growth Agency’s upcoming initiative called “ Growth Academy” that aims to teach growth marketing in Armenia.

June 30, 2023

Ep. 240: The Week in Review (30.06.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of June 30, 2023: Four servicemen are killed in an Azerbaijani attack in Artsakh; the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan conclude the latest round of talks in Washington; after a total blockade, the ICRC is able to resume the transfer of patients from Artsakh to Armenia for now.

June 13, 2023

Hayk Margaryan: Facilitating Technology Transfer in Armenia

Hayk Margaryan, the CEO of the National Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NCIE), joins us to discuss initiatives to facilitate technology transfer in Armenia. Margaryan also speaks about the scope of NCIE’s mission, and what plans the center has for the near future. Lastly, we discussed the Mars Simulation Mission, which is scheduled to take place in Armenia in spring of 2024.

June 6, 2023

Hovakim Zakaryan: Drug Discovery With Reinforcement Learning

In this episode, Hovakim Zakaryan, co-founder and CEO of Denovo Sciences, discusses how his company is using reinforcement learning for drug discovery, making the process faster and more efficient. He shares insights on the challenges involved in drug discovery, and how AI tools can help overcome them. Additionally, Hovakim sheds light on Armenia's biotech industry and makes the case for why strategic investments should be made in this area.

June 2, 2023

Ep. 236: The Week in Review (02.06.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of June 2, 2023: The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan meet in Chisinau on the sidelines of the European Political Community Summit; Armenia applies to the ECHR requesting the court to indicate provisional measures for the protection of the rights of two Armenian soldiers captured by Azerbaijan; a statement issued by the U.S. State Department causes a stir in Armenia and Artsakh.

May 19, 2023
Ep. 235: The Week in Review (19.05.23)

Ep. 235: The Week in Review (19.05.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of May 19, 2023: An Armenian soldier is killed by Azerbaijani fire in Gegharkunik as Baku continues to violate the ceasefire regime; the foreign ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia meet in Moscow today; Armenia’s Government appoints a military attache to India and more.

May 12, 2023

Ep. 234: The Week in Review (12.05.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of May 12, 2023: Azerbaijani Armed Forces launch attack against Armenian positions in Sotk, leaving six Armenian soldiers wounded; EU-mediated meetings between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan are expected in the coming weeks; over 450,000 tourists visited Armenia in the first quarter of 2023, an increase of over 80% compared to the previous year.

May 9, 2023
Old Neighbors, New Realities

Old Neighbors, New Realities

Iran will never accept any Azerbaijani military or political control of southern Armenia. While Tehran is pursuing a policy of strategic patience vis-à-vis Azerbaijan, it does have red lines that, if crossed, would likely produce a swift reaction.

May 9, 2023

Rem Darbinyan: From Computer Vision to Influencer Marketing

Rem Darbinyan, the founder and CEO of Viral Mango and Smart Click, joins us to speak about the work being done in AI and influencer marketing by his companies. During the first half of the show, we delved into Smart Click's technology-as-a-service approach that makes computer vision algorithms accessible through APIs. In the second half, we explored Viral Mango, an influencer marketing platform, and discussed the inner workings of influencer marketing and its effectiveness. We also examined the impact of influencer and social media culture on society.

May 5, 2023

Ep. 233: The Week in Review (05.05.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of May 5: The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan hold four-day talks in Washington; Turkey closes its airspace to Armenia’s national carrier in response to the unveiling of a statue for OperationNemesis; while in Prague, PM Nikol Pashinyan says mechanisms for safeguarding the rights and security of Armenians of Artsakh are still uncertain and more.

April 28, 2023

Ep. 232: The Week in Review (28.04.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of April 28: Azerbaijan installs checkpoint at the entrance of the Lachin Corridor in flagrant violation of the tripartite statement that ended the 2020 war; Azerbaijani eco-activists, who had been blocking the Corridor for 138 days, have temporarily suspend their protest; France’s Foreign Affairs Minister is in Armenia, says Baku must comply with the ICJ decision on the Lachin Corridor and more.

April 14, 2023

Ep. 230: The Week in Review (14.04.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of April 14: Four Armenian soldiers are killed, another six wounded after Azerbaijani troops open fire near the Armenian village of Tegh; two Azerbaijani serviceman cross into Armenian territory from Nakhijevan, and are captured; the people of Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh continue to remain under siege as the blockade of the Lachin Corridor enters its 124th day.

April 13, 2023
More Than Just Brandy

More Than Just Brandy

Armenia's alcoholic beverage industry is a prominent sector in the country’s economy. Production and trade data for brandy, wine and beer showcase a dynamic pattern of growth. Hovhannes Nazaretyan explains.

April 11, 2023
Border Watch Armenia

Border Watch Armenia

Since the end of the 2020 Artsakh War, Azerbaijan’s warmongering has extended to the borders of Armenia proper through incursions and provocations bringing about human and territorial losses. Follow live updates from Armenia’s security situation in EVN Report’s Border Watch.

April 7, 2023

Ep. 229: The Week in Review (07.04.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of April 7: 27 civilians, trying to return home to Artsakh with the assistance of Russian peacekeepers are prevented entry by Azerbaijanis; Azerbaijan continues to violate the ceasefire on the Line of Contact with Artsakh; Russia moves to ban imports of Armenian dairy products and more.

April 4, 2023
Davit Buniatyan: Building the Database for AI

Davit Buniatyan: Building the Database for AI

Davit Buniatyan is the co-founder and CEO of Activeloop, a data infrastructure company that specializes in building optimized data lakes for deep learning. Davit discusses the importance of optimized data infrastructures for deep learning and how the MLOps ecosystem is evolving with the rise of foundational models such as GPT. We also explore the exciting future of AI, including the role of multimodal models and how they will shape the landscape of deep learning.

March 28, 2023

Dr. Anu Noorma: Estonia’s Innovation Ecosystem

Dr. Anu Noorma, the director general of the Estonian Research Council, joins us to discuss the development of Estonia’s scientific and innovation ecosystems over the last 30 years. We also spoke about the importance of communicating the need for public funding of science research to society. Lastly, Dr. Noorma shared her thoughts on how to make innovation more inclusive, so that its positive impacts are felt across all of society.

March 24, 2023

Ep. 227: The Week in Review (24.03.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of March 24: An Armenian soldier is killed by Azerbaijani fire near the village of Yeraskh in Armenia; while in Talish, now under Azerbaijani control, Ilham Aliyev makes threatening statements against Armenia; Armenia’s Constitutional Court announces decision declaring obligations enshrined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to be constitutional and more.

March 21, 2023

Tony Safoian: Accelerating Cloud Adoption

Tony Safoian, CEO of SADA Systems, joins us to discuss how his company helps businesses utilize cloud solutions and how current trends in the industry are accelerating the rate of cloud adoption. Lastly, we spoke about SADA’s presence in Armenia, and what the implementation of new cloud infrastructure will bring to the country’s tech ecosystem.

March 17, 2023

Ep. 226: The Week in Review (17.03.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of March 17: European Parliament adopts resolution on EU-Armenia relations, strongly condemning Azerbaijan’s aggression, welcoming reforms made by Armenia; former NATO Secretary General visits Lachin Corridor, says EU must push Baku to lift blockade; Yerevan’s mayor resigns and more.

March 10, 2023

Ep. 225: The Week in Review (10.03.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of March 10: Three police officers in Artsakh are killed following an Azerbaijani ambush; in the Freedom in the World 2023 report, Azerbaijan is designated as one of the “worst of the worst” in the world for political rights and civil liberties; U.S. Intelligence Community warns of Azerbaijan’s readiness to use “calibrated military pressure” to advance its goals in talks with Armenia and more.

March 7, 2023

Gor Nazaryan: Bringing Tech Education to the Regions

Last year, Teach for Armenia launched the Tech4Armenia initiative. The program allows tech professionals to move to underprivileged areas of Armenia and teach computer science while continuing to work remotely in their current roles. Gor Nazaryan, the managing director of talent initiatives at Teach for Armenia joins us to discuss the program’s objectives and the overall state of education in Armenia.

March 3, 2023

Ep. 224: The Week in Review (03.03.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of March 3: Despite the ICJ ruling ordering Azerbaijan to ensure free movement, the Lachin Corridor still remains blockaded; Azerbaijan violates the ceasefire in Artsakh three times; Germany’s Chancellor advocates for a peaceful resolution that respects the right to self-determination for the people of Artsakh and more.

February 10, 2023

Ep. 221: The Week in Review (10.02.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of February 10: The population of Artsakh has been left without gas supply again Azerbaijan’s blockade of the Lachin Corridor enters its 61st day; Armenia sends humanitarian aid and rescue teams to Syria and Turkey in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes; Seyran Ohanyan, Armenia’s former defense minister and member of the opposition Armenia Alliance was stripped of his parliamentary immunity this week.

February 10, 2023
A Pyrrhic Peace

A Pyrrhic Peace

Armenian experts help make sense of the ongoing discussions surrounding a possible peace deal between Baku and Yerevan, and what developments can actually be expected in the coming months.

February 9, 2023

Փնտրելով հին եկեղեցու նոր ձևերը

Բայց և սակայն, այնուամենայնիվ… Հայ առաքելական եկեղեցիների ձևերի արդիականացումը Հայաստանում, թերևս, առավել զգայուն թեմաներից է հայկական ժամանակակից ճարտարապետության պարունակում։ Եթե արևմտյան եկեղեցում կրոնական գործառույթի ազատ ու համարձակ մեկնաբանությունը ճարտարապետների կողմից վաղուց ի վեր քաջալերվում է, ապա մեզ մոտ եկեղեցու ավանդական ձևերը համարվում են անձեռնմխելի նախապայման ու արժեք, ինչպես օրինակ քաղկեդոնական ու մահմեդական կրոնների դեպքում։ Որքանո՞վ են, սակայն, նման փոփոխություններն անհրաժեշտ կամ «վտանգավոր»։ Կարո՞ղ է ճարտարապետությունն ինքնին ներազդել կրոնի ընկալման, նշանակության ու իմաստների վրա, թե՞ ոչ։ Ու արդյոք մեր եկեղեցական ճարտարապետությունը եղել է այնքան անփոփոխ, որքան ընդունված է համարել։ Այս և ուրիշ հարցեր քննարկում ենք ճարտարապետ, Փամբակ գյուղի նոր եկեղեցու նախագծի հեղինակ Տիգրան Գալստյանի հետ։

February 7, 2023
Դաշտանադադար. խոսելն «ամոթ» չէ

Menopause: Nothing to Be “Ashamed Of”

While menopause is generally a taboo subject and not something openly discussed in Armenian society, in recent years, the situation seems to be changing. Gohar Abrahamyan speaks to healthcare professionals and women who are going through this change in their lives.

February 3, 2023

Ep. 220: The Week in Review (03.02.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of February 3: The International Court of Justice hears cases presented by Armenia and Azerbaijan against each other on the application of CERD; Azerbaijan’s ongoing blockade of the Lachin Corridor is now in its 54th day; Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister says that as a result of the 2020 Artsakh War, Azerbaijan was able to reclaim the territories which belonged to it and more.

January 27, 2023

Ep. 219: The Week in Review (27.01.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of January 27: The population of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) continues to be under siege as Azerbaijan’s blockade of the Lachin Corridor is now in its 48th day; this week the EU approved the deployment of a 100-person civilian mission to Armenia for a two-year term, triggering a furious response from the Russian Foreign Ministry; U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken tells Aliyev to reopen the Lachin Corridor, underscoring the risk of a humanitarian crisis and more.

January 20, 2023

Ep. 218: The Week in Review (20.01.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of January 20: Fifteen soldiers are killed when a fire erupts in a military barrack in Armenia’s Gegharkunik region; Azerbaijan’s blockade of the Lachin Corridor is now in its second month; Armenian children returning to Nagorno-Karabakh accompanied by Russian peacekeepers are harassed by masked Azerbaijanis and more.

January 17, 2023

Viktoria Khechumyan: Armenia’s Blockchain Ecosystem

Viktoria Khechumyan, the CEO of nooor, joins us to discuss the evolution of Armenia’s blockchain ecosystem over the past few years. Nooor is a consulting company that advises on topics related to blockchain technology, including idea validation and talent recruitment. They’ve been involved in developing the blockchain ecosystem in Armenia from the early days. Viktoria also shared her thoughts on current trends in blockchain, and what the coming years hold for the technology.

January 13, 2023
Armenia, Russia, France and the Changing Dynamics at the UN Security Council

Ep. 217: The Week in Review (13.01.23)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of January 13: The blockade of the Lachin Corridor by Azerbaijan enters second month; Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev says the road is not closed for those Armenians of Artsakh who do not wish to become citizens of Azerbaijan, they can leave; a delegation headed by the President of France’s National Assembly arrives in Yerevan and more.

December 27, 2022

Raffi Kassarjian: The Armenian Tech Sector in 2022

Raffi Kassarjian, CEO of Sensyan and advisor to the CEO of the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises, joins us to recap the major events that took place in Armenia’s tech sector over the last year. We spoke about the state of the global tech sector and how it relates to Armenia’s context, particularly the slowdown of venture capital financing and how start-ups are thinking about their run rates. Raffi also shared his thoughts on the influx of Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian tech talent to the country this year, and the arrival of several global tech companies. Lastly, we spoke about the impact of the appreciation of the Armenian dram and its impact on the industry.

December 23, 2022

Ep. 216: The Week in Review (23.12.22)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of December 23: For 12 days now, Azerbaijan has been blockading Artsakh; the European Court of Human Rights applied interim measures against Baku for the ongoing blockade of the Lachin Corridor; PM Nikol Pashinyan criticizes the inaction of Russian peacekeepers and says Azerbaijan’s blockade grossly violates provisions of the November 9 trilateral statement.

December 16, 2022

Ep. 215: The Week in Review (16.12.22)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of December 16: Artsakh continues to remain in a blockade after so-called Azerbaijani “environmental activists” shut down the Lachin Corridor; after international pressure, Azerbaijani authorities restore natural gas supply to Artsakh; Armenia’s parliament adopts bill on creating a Ministry of Internal Affairs and more.

December 16, 2022
The Legal and Humanitarian Implications of the Lachin Blockade

The Legal and Humanitarian Implications of the Lachin Blockade

Armenia's Human Rights Defender Kristinne Grigoryan speaks to EVN Report about the consequences of Azerbaijan's blockade of the Lachin Corridor, the violation of the rights of the people of Artsakh as a result of that blockade and the legal instruments that Armenia can and has implemented to counter the consequences.

December 14, 2022
The Lachin Corridor: A Looming Humanitarian Catastrophe

The Lachin Corridor: A Looming Humanitarian Catastrophe

A group of Azerbaijani “environmental activists” blocked the Lachin Corridor on December 12, effectively isolating the population of Artsakh. Later, Azerbaijani authorities shut off the natural gas supply to the Republic triggering a pending humanitarian catastrophe. The blockade of Artsakh continues. Live updates on the unfolding situation.

December 9, 2022

Ep. 214: The Week in Review (09.12.22)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of December 9: A group of Azerbaijanis in civilian clothes block only highway linking Armenia and Artsakh for several hours citing “illegal exploitation of minerals”; Armenia’s Parliament approves the Government’s 2023 budget and adopts number of new laws including the establishment of a Foreign Intelligence Service; airlines registered in Armenia to remain on the EU black list and more.

December 2, 2022

Ep. 213: The Week in Review (02.12.22)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of December 2: Azerbaijani Armed Forces consistently violated the ceasefire with Armenia and Artsakh over this past week, injuring three Armenian servicemen; France’s parliament unanimously adopts a resolution supporting Armenia and calls for sanctions against Azerbaijan; Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov states that asking Moscow to reconfirm its offer regarding leaving the status of Nagorno-Karabakh to the future is not in the spirit of the negotiations.

November 25, 2022

Ep. 212: The Week in Review (25.11.22)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of November 25: The CSTO Summit and Collective Security Council Session takes place in Yerevan; Armenia’s PM Nikol Pashinyan refuses to sign final CSTO document, says text does not include appropriate assessment of the September Azerbaijani attack against Armenia; Azerbaijani Armed Forces continue to violate ceasefire with Armenia and Artsakh on a daily basis and more.

November 22, 2022
Hovsep Patvakanian: Attracting Top Talent to Armenia

Hovsep Patvakanian: Attracting Top Talent to Armenia

Earlier this year, the Armenian Government announced a new subsidy program to help attract top talent to the country. The program will subsidize anywhere from 20%-70% of the salaries of graduates from top 400 universities or people who have 10 years of work experience at leading global companies. The program was developed jointly by the Investment Council of Armenia and the Ministry of Economy. Hovsep Patvakanian, head of the Investment Council, joins us to discuss the impact he hopes this program will have, and what other legislative proposals they are currently working on. Hovsep also shared with us his take on Armenia’s economic growth in 2022.

November 18, 2022

Ep. 211: The Week in Review (18.11.22)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of November 18: Azerbaijani Armed Forces violate the ceasefire several times in Armenia and Artsakh; France’s Senate adopts resolution calling on the French Government to sanction Azerbaijan for its aggression against Armenia and Artsakh; Russian President Vladimir Putin will be in Armenia taking part in the summit of the leaders of CSTO member states next week.

November 17, 2022
Հակակոռուպցիոն դատարան. արդարադատության նոր ճակատ

Armenia’s New Anti-Corruption Court

Armenia’s new Anti-Corruption Court is now operational and will hear criminal cases on corruption and civil cases of confiscation of illegally obtained assets. Was the creation of a new court necessary and can it have an impact on the fight against corruption?

November 11, 2022

Ep. 210: The Week in Review (11.11.22)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of November 11: Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan meet in Washington, agree to expedite negotiations; Azerbaijani President makes egregious comments in Shushi triggering a retaliation by PM Nikol Pashinyan; the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention expresses grave concern regarding Aliyev’s speech; Russian President Vladimer Putin to visit Yerevan for the summit of CSTO leaders and more.

November 4, 2022
Ep. 209: The Week in Review (04.11.22)

Ep. 209: The Week in Review (04.11.22)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of November 4: The leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia meet in Sochi; Armenia’s PM Nikol Pashinyan travels to Tehran; Artsakh’s Parliament holds extraordinary session, states that any attempt to forcibly annex Artsakh to Azerbaijan would be a gross violation of international law and a license to commit another genocide, while a massive rally takes place in Stepanakert’s central square and more.

November 1, 2022
Reimagining Education Policy

Reimagining Education Policy

The Armenian government has recently attempted to reconfigure the country’s educational system, with the stated goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing quality. While this is a noble effort, without quantified analysis, it leads to more questions than answers.

October 28, 2022
Ep. 208: The Week in Review (28.10.22)

Ep. 208: The Week in Review (28.10.22)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of October 28: The Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization holds extraordinary session about potentially providing assistance to Armenia; Russian President Vladimir Putin says Armenia has two options for settling the conflict; leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia to meet in Sochi on October 31 and more.

October 28, 2022
EVN Security Report: October 2022

EVN Security Report: October 2022

The security context for the month of October can be better understood as the changing configuration between Armenia’s implementation of its diplomatization-of-security doctrine against Azerbaijan’s multi-tiered hybrid warfare doctrine.

October 21, 2022
Ep. 207: The Week in Review (21.10.22)

Ep. 207: The Week in Review (21.10.22)

In EVN Report’s news roundup for the week of October 21: OSCE Needs Assessment Mission expected to arrive in Armenia today; while in India for an official visit, Defense Minister Suren Papikyan meets his counterpart and takes part in DEFEXPO defense exhibition; while in Yerevan, Iran’s Foreign Minister reiterates Tehran’s stance that it will not accept any change of historical borders in the region, which he called a red line for Iran.

October 10, 2022
Strong Foundations, Missing Blueprints

Strong Foundations, Missing Blueprints

Despite leading the region in many progressive metrics, the past few years have reinforced how peace isn’t something Armenia can take for granted: it must cultivate optimal conditions for innovation because of external threats, and that will take conscious architecting.