Tag: Armenia’s

July 9, 2021

Armenian-EU Energy Cooperation

One of the most important dimensions of Armenian-EU cooperation is the energy sector. The EU has expressed a willingness to support Armenia in designing an energy strategy and policy, including security and diversification of the energy supply.

July 6, 2021
Between Belt and Road

Between Belt and Road

Armenia and China share a rich history in which mercantilist Armenians played a noteworthy role in the exchange of goods along the Silk Road. Although the Armenian state today is vastly different from a millennium ago, that industrious character remains in the Armenian spirit.

May 11, 2021

Geography is Inescapable

Following Moscow’s facilitation of the ceasefire agreement ending the 2020 Artsakh War, some are asking whether Armenia should pursue “more Russia or less Russia.” The reality of the matter is that geography is inescapable.

April 30, 2021

The Hunt for Spies

There have been numerous public accusations related to espionage and high treason since the start of the 2020 Artsakh War. Despite all the noise, only one case of high treason and one case of espionage were filed during and after the war.

April 27, 2021
The Myth of “National” Science

The Myth of “National” Science

The current state and future direction of science in Armenia has been discussed on various platforms recently. Gagik Tovmasian writes about the need to elevate the status of national institutes and willingness to open up to the world.

April 5, 2021
Armenia’s Trump

Armenia’s Trump

Although Nikol Pashinyan and Donald Trump are different in demeanor and policy, both lean heavily on the populist playbook. Each is more comfortable fighting against resistant forces rather than governing through institutions.

March 18, 2021
Armenia’s Path to Getting Copyright Right

Armenia’s Path to Getting Copyright Right

Artists have been facing a real problem in Armenia: not getting fairly compensated for the music they release. In an age when sales of physical disk copies have drastically declined, with concerts and tours put on hold because of a pandemic, how are musicians supposed to get by?

March 13, 2021
Closing the Gender Gap

Closing the Gender Gap

Although the principle of equal pay for equal work for men and women is fully implemented in Armenia’s Labor Code, a gender pay gap persists. Lara Techekirian looks at the challenges, the government’s response and presents a set of recommendations.

March 5, 2021
From Conflict Manager to Silent Observer

From Conflict Manager to Silent Observer

The 2020 Artsakh War put to the test long-held assumptions about the roles of neighbors and global players in the region. Some maintained and reinforced their significance and role in the region, others raised their importance and some were invisible.

February 18, 2021
Notes From a Future Museum: Time-Keepers

Notes From a Future Museum: Time-Keepers

Vigen Galstyan explores the humble charm of Soviet Armenian mechanical clocks in this first instalment of a series of articles about Armenia’s not-too-distant past as a major producer of everyday consumer goods and a hot spot for industrial design in the USSR.

February 11, 2021

Can Trade Prevent War?

Given the growing sense of global multipolarity and the apparent twilight years of the American-anchored liberal international order, Armenia cannot solely rely on friends and allies around the globe to ensure its survival. A more realistic approach is necessary.

February 8, 2021

The Demographic Face of War

War casualties are one of the major components of Armenia’s demographic crisis. Beyond their immediate impact, they also leave traces for years afterwards.

December 31, 2020
2020: Battling Many Fronts

2020: Battling Many Fronts

EVN Report looks back at a year that forced the Armenian people to battle multiple fronts, from the COVID-19 pandemic to a 44-day war launched by Azerbaijan that resulted in devastating human and territorial losses.

August 21, 2020
The Physics Intersection: From Armenia’s Scientific Past Toward Its Future

In Memoriam: Dr. Gregory Areshian

Leaving behind a prolific legacy that included a distinguished academic career and groundbreaking archaeological discoveries, Dr. Gregory Areshian’s passing left a void for generations of students who considered him a teacher, friend and mentor.

July 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update (July 22-25)

For the first time in weeks, the number of active COVID-19 cases dips below 10,000; Health Minister Arsen Torosyan meets with German medics who are in Armenia to work with local medical staff; temporary restrictions on movement have been imposed in the village of Haterk in Artsakh and more.

July 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update (July 17-18)

The Ministry of Health urges citizens to refrain from celebrating Vardavar; the Arabkir Medical Center which has been treating children infected with COVID-19 provides an update on the situation; Head of the National Immunization Program says vaccinations have decreased and more.

July 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update (July 16)

Taking into consideration the situation at the border, Prime Minister Pashinyan underscored the need for the country to be strong, urging citizens to follow guidelines to slow down the rate of infection; the Health Minister says there has been some progress over the last two weeks but more needs to be done.

July 15, 2020

COVID-19 Update (July 14-15)

Armenian and Iranian health ministries to collaborate in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic; Lithuania’s First Lady sends gifts to Armenian children infected by the virus; Health Minister Arsen Torosyan meets with Italian Ambassador to express gratitude for the group of Italian medics who had assisted Armenian medical staff and more.

July 15, 2020

Updates From the Armenia-Azerbaijan State Border: Relative Calm

After three days of intensive fighting, the situation at the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border has been relatively calm; medals posthumously awarded to four fallen Armenian servicemen; Su-30SM fighter jets to be on permanent duty to ensure Armenia’s air space is inviolable; injured soldiers and families of killed soldiers to receive compensation and more.

July 14, 2020

Updates from the Armenia-Azerbaijan State Border

In a third day of deadly fighting along the Armenia-Azerbaijan international border, four Armenian soldiers are killed; a number of border villages continue to sustain Azerbaijani fire; cyberattack targets Armenian government and media websites; Armenian Air Defense Units shoot down an Azerbaijani drone and more.

July 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update (July 10-13)

The State of Emergency is extended for the fourth time until August 12; Deputy Prime Minister and Warden of the Special Commission Tigran Avinyan provides updates on the COVID-19 situation during a special session of parliament and more.

July 9, 2020

COVID-19 Update (July 8-9)

All those with chronic respiratory illnesses will no longer be obligated to wear a face mask in open public spaces; during the Government Session, Health Minister Arsen Torosyan said that the COVID-19 situation in the country remains stable but critical and that the healthcare sector needs to continue expanding its capacity.

July 7, 2020

COVID-19 Update (July 7)

During a press conference today, Health Minister Arsen Torosyan presented the Ministry’s strategy and key actions in the battle against COVID-19 over the past several months. Currently, over 500 people have lost their lives to the virus; the cumulative number of infections is expected to surpass 30,000 in the coming days.

July 3, 2020
COVID-19 Update (July 3-6)

COVID-19 Update (July 3-6)

Elderly residents of the Nork Old Age Home who were infected with COVID-19 have all recovered; volunteers distribute face masks and explain anti-epidemic rules at several dozen stands placed throughout Yerevan; Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says the State of Emergency will likely be extended and more.

July 2, 2020
COVID-19 Update (July 2)

COVID-19 Update (July 2)

A new infection hub is detected in Artsakh; Health Minister Arsen Torosyan says that the Spitak Medical Center is now part of the network of hospitals treating COVID-19 patients; Armenia received 10,000 COVID-19 diagnostic tests from the World Health Organization; authorities continue to urge citizen to follow safety guidelines and more.

July 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 30-July 1)

According to the Health Ministry, almost 400 medical personnel, including doctors, nurses and orderlies have been infected since March 1; there over 650 patients in critical or extremely critical condition; strict safety measures to be implemented during university entrance exams to be held in the coming week and more.

June 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 27-29)

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says everyone should “restart” their behavior and this includes state bodies and agencies, the police force and businesses and that an ineffective lockdown is more problematic than no lockdown at all; Health Minister Arsen Torosyan calls for a “conscious lockdown” and more.

June 26, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 26)

As the number of cases continues to rise in Armenia, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says stricter regulations will be imposed in the near future; anesthesiologist and ICU specialist Dr. Karen Tonoyan says the virus has the capacity to destroy families and urges people to come together and fight alongside medical staff.

June 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 24-25)

The twenty-second assistance package aimed at mitigating the consequences of COVID-19 is rolled out; EBRD provides $20 million loan for businesses affected by the economic impact of the pandemic; Armenia registers another one-day record of new cases bringing the total number of infected to 22,488.

June 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 23)

A second group of French doctors arrived tonight; Prime Minister Pashinyan says that if all of the government’s resources were directed exclusively to the healthcare sector, Armenia would not just have experienced an economic decline but rather an economic collapse.

June 22, 2020
COVID-19 Update (June 19-22)

COVID-19 Update (June 19-22)

Health Minister Arsen Torosyan says more hospitals will join the network of COVID-19 specialized medical centers; French doctor says he is greatly impressed with medical staff in Armenia; first group of Russian doctors arrive to support local doctors as they battle the virus and more.

June 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 18)

The number of public kindergartens operating in Yerevan will be restricted; a new COVID-19 infection hub has been identified in the region of Martakert in Artsakh, with two communities coming under lockdown for an indefinite period of time; the price of domestically-produced face masks is expected to decrease and more.

June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 17)

Health officials see encouraging trend in COVID-19 numbers; a new quarantine center is built for children; doctors from Lithuania expected to arrive in a few days; the Republic of Artsakh registers another 12 new cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 91.

June 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 16)

A team of French doctors arrive to assist medical staff; during the daily briefing, Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan provides updates on their COVID-19 activities; 225 Armenian citizens return from Saint Petersburg on a charter flight and more.

June 15, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 15)

Health Minister Arsen Torosyan starts posting names of neighborhoods where the virus is spreading in clusters in an effort to encourage people to avoid coming together without masks or physical distancing; PM Nikol Pashinyan says despite all efforts, many people are still not wearing masks and more.

June 14, 2020
The Communist KGB Was There to Stay

The Communist KGB Was There to Stay

Armenia’s transition in 1991 brought about a state with a blatant disregard for democracy. The current government should realize the importance of moving forward with a more systematic, effective and coordinated transitional justice platform.

June 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 13)

Azerbaijani hackers release the personal data of 3,500 COVID-19 patients in Armenia; PM Nikol Pashinyan discusses how Armenia’s Soviet legacy complicates government communication; civic activists form anti-epidemic teams, and more.

June 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 12)

As the COVID-19 situation remains critical in Armenia, the government decides to extend the State of Emergency for another month; doctors from France and Lithuania expected to arrive to help local medical staff; over 150 businesses are forced to suspend operations for 24 hours for violating safety guidelines and more.

June 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 11)

Georgia will be sending a team of doctors to Armenia to assist local medical staff in their fight against COVID-19; Health Minister Arsen Torosyan says the situation remains critical but the healthcare system continues to expand its capacity; the Republic of Artsakh extends the emergency situation for another 30 days and more.

June 10, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 10)

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says that coronavirus is not just affecting the healthcare sector but also the country’s political sector; Lithuania and Estonia promise to help Armenia; Regional Governors brief the public on the COVID-19 situation in the regions, and more.

June 9, 2020
COVID-19 Update (June 9)

COVID-19 Update (June 9)

While the situation remains critical, PM Pashinyan says there are hopes it will start stabilizing; Health Minister Arsen Torosyan explains the increasing recovery numbers; an Armenian doctor living in Germany returns to work with patients in critical condition, and more.

June 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 8)

Three high-ranking security officials sacked after it was revealed that one of them had held his son’s wedding in his private home; during the daily briefing, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said there are political forces whose objective is to see the virus spread and spiral out of control and more.

June 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 6)

Armenia’s healthcare system is at the brink of collapse according to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan; more than 200 people infected with COVID-19 are waiting to be hospitalized; the village of Zoragyugh is placed under lockdown and more.

June 5, 2020
COVID-19 Update (June 5)

COVID-19 Update (June 5)

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called for a mass anti-epidemic movement in the country, where each citizen is not only responsible for their own behavior but also for those around them; number of staff at kindergartens test positive; police given orders to strictly enforce safety regulations and more.

June 4, 2020

COVID-19 Update (June 4)

As numbers increase at an alarming rate, stricter enforcement will be implemented; PM Nikol Pashinyan says that the best tool is public monitoring; an ICU doctor appeals to the public to follow safety guidelines to allow medical staff to finally see their families, and more.

June 3, 2020
COVID-19 Update (June 3)

COVID-19 Update (June 3)

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan begins posting photos of people violating safety regulations on his Facebook page, garnering criticism; a 4-year-old with COVID-19 is diagnosed with Kawasaki syndrome; Armenia’s Police Chief says that they have registered over 20,000 violations since the State of Emergency was declared.

June 2, 2020
COVID-19 Update (June 2)

COVID-19 Update (June 2)

Armenia registers another daily record as the cumulative total of infections hits 10,000; the names and birthdates of the deceased are leaked on Facebook; Prime Minister Pashinyan warns that if people don’t comply with safety guidelines, another lockdown will be imminent.

June 1, 2020
COVID-19 Update (June 1)

COVID-19 Update (June 1)

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May 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update (May 29)

Armenia registers a new one-day record of 460 COVID-19 infections. As the situation continues to deteriorate, per capita figures have surpassed those of Iran and France and are now on par with those of Russia. Prime Minister Pashinyan said that if this pace continues, Armenia will soon reach per capita numbers similar to Italy’s.

May 28, 2020

COVID-19 Update (May 28)

Daily deaths hit a new high at 15. During a press briefing this evening, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said the situation is extremely grave and called on people to follow safety regulations as new cases continue to mount.

May 27, 2020
COVID-19 Update (May 27)

COVID-19 Update (May 27)

Strict monitoring underway throughout the country to ensure compliance with safety regulations; government approves nineteenth social assistance package to mitigate the fallout from COVID-19; Health Ministry says that hydroxychloroquine is being prescribed to high-risk patients and those with pneumonia infected by the virus.

May 26, 2020
COVID-19 Update (May 26)

COVID-19 Update (May 26)

Following the daily meeting of the Special Commission of the State of Emergency, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan and Health Minister Arsen Torosyan held a briefing to provide a situation update as the number of cases increase.

May 25, 2020
COVID-19 Update (May 25)

COVID-19 Update (May 25)

Armenia’s Ministry of Health says number of new cases is due to increased testing; several staff and children at a Yerevan orphanage test positive; a number of businesses violating regulations have been shut down and more.

May 24, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (May 24)

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addressed the country in a Facebook live, urging people to follow safety measures. Health Minister Arsen Torosyan says there are only 32 available ICU beds left.

May 21, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (May 21)

During a press briefing, Health Minister Arsen Torosyan said that if the current trend continues, Armenia will reach over 10,000 cases of COVID-19 in two weeks; 270 children and 23 pregnant women have been infected with the virus; Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said that the situation is more serious than citizens are viewing it and much more.

May 19, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (May 19)

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rise in the country, authorities are appealing to the public to practice social responsibility and not believe in conspiracy theories; Health Minister Arsen Torosyan says there will be strategic changes in medical care and delivery and much more.

May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (May 18)

Armenia registers record number of new cases in one day; Health Minister Arsen Torosyan makes appeal to stop disseminating and believing in unfounded conspiracy theories; Yerevan city officials hold press conference, updating residents about new regulations and more.

May 16, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (May 16)

More than 40 elderly residents of the Nork Old Age Home and several staff members have tested positive for COVID-19; restrictions on the operation of retail outlets (including malls), restaurants and cafes, gyms, kindergartens, preschools and other spheres lifted; more medical supplies and equipment arrive in Armenia.

May 14, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (May 14)

Armenia’s government extends State of Emergency until June 13; a number of restrictions will be lifted including restarting public transportation and reopening of kindergartens; a special session of parliament convenes to hear Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan, the Warden of the Special Commission, present the Government’s proposal.

May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (May 7)

Two more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Artsakh and 102 new cases confirmed in Armenia, death toll reaches 42; a dozen responders have tested positive for the virus; government rolls out seventeenth assistance program and more.

May 6, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (May 6)

The Ministry of Health reported that 163 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Armenia, bringing the total number of infected to 2,782, with 1,600 active cases; Armenia’s Health and Labor Inspectorate provided updates on monitoring of businesses; Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan spoke about the government’s response to COVID-19 in parliament and more.

May 5, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (May 5)

There are now 2,619 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Armenia and a total of 40 deaths. As restrictions are lifted, the government has issued a number of health and safety regulations for retail stores, cafes and restaurants.

May 3, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (May 3)

The Special Commission of the State of Emergency has released a new set of measures as a number of restrictions are to be lifted; Prime Minister Pashinyan, Health Minister Arsen Torosyan and Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan discuss the current situation; over 13% of COVID-19 cases have been registered among medical staff and more.

April 30, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 30)

A record number of new COVID-19 cases are registered in Armenia, however, the government is still considering allowing some businesses to reopen before the end of the State of Emergency; the government rolls out the fifteenth assistance program and expands benefits for utility payments.

April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 29)

According to the Ministry of Health, 65 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed; parliament approves a number of government proposals; more updates provided on economic assistance packages by the Ministry of Economy and more.

April 28, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 28)

Government plans to gradually minimize restrictions; all forms of economic activity will be allowed to operate in the coming ten days; Parliament holds a special session; 59 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed and more.

April 27, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 27)

The Minister of Education, Science, Sport and Culture provides updates about how the academic year will end; the Deputy Minister of Economy provides information regarding economic assistance packages as the number of new infections continues to rise.

April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 23)

Another 230 Armenian citizens arrive in Yerevan from St. Petersburg on a charter flight; a number of restrictions on economic activity are lifted; updates on tax amendments; schedule for virtual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide; 50 new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed and more.

April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 22)

The number of new COVID-19 cases rises by 72 in Armenia; during a press briefing, Deputy Ministers of Economy speak about the second assistance package aimed at mitigating the economic fallout of COVID-19 in the agricultural sector, 203 Armenian citizens return from Russia on a charter flight and more.

April 21, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 21)

The 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be commemorated in different formats this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic; the Health Minister calls on people to abide by the regulations of the State of Emergency; a small town is placed in lockdown after 39 cases of the virus are confirmed; the Foreign Ministry provides updates about Armenians abroad and more.

April 20, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 20)

Armenia’s police brief public on police activities during the State of Emergency; Prime Minister’s office provides further information on a number of economic assistance packages; 200 citizens return from Russia on charter flights and 48 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed, bringing the cumulative total to 1339 cases.

April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 17)

The first baby is born to a mother with coronavirus; Prime Minister Pashinyan speaks to the nation in a live address about the COVID-19 situation; the High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs holds a press conference; another case of COVID-19 is confirmed in Artsakh and more.

April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 16)

A town in the Ararat marz is under lockdown following a funeral service; the government introduces another assistance program, makes changes to previous ones to include more beneficiaries; the Health and Labor Inspectorate outlines sanitary requirements for those businesses that are allowed to operate and more.

April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 15)

Press conferences are held by Deputy Ministers of Economy and Head of the Central Bank of Armenia’s Financial Stability Department; testing for COVID-19 continues in Artsakh; 44 new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in Armenia including another fatality bringing the total number of deaths to 17 in the country.

April 14, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 14)

Armenia’s government rolls out a twelfth social assistance package; Minister of Labor and Social Affairs holds a press conference; Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is confident that Armenia can suppress the transmission of COVID-19 and more.

April 9, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 9)

The number of COVID-19 cases rises to 921 in Armenia; Artsakh registers two more cases; government rolls out a number of assistance programs; Armenians in Turkey to be brought to Armenia through Georgia and much more.

April 8, 2020
COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 8)

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 8)

The number of COVID-19 cases rises to 881 in Armenia; updates and information about mobile phone tracking to follow movements of the population; local and Diasporan Armenians assisting the government to resolve issues with ventilators and much more.

April 7, 2020
COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 7)

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 7)

The number of COVID-19 cases increases by 20, bringing the total number of infected in Armenia to 853; the Republic of Artsakh registers its first case of the virus; updates on distance learning and cultural institutions; the Food Safety Inspectorate continues monitoring food safety in the country and more.

April 6, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 6)

The number of COVID-19 cases increases by only 11, bringing the total number of infected to 833; while Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is optimistic, Health Minister Arsen Torosyan calls on continued vigilance; in a three-hour live, Pashinyan answers citizens’ questions and more.

April 4, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Briefing (April 4)

The number of COVID-19 cases in Armenia rises to 770; Pashinyan speaks about increasing capital expenditure to create new jobs; 2000 Armenian citizens in Russia on a waiting list to return to Yerevan; and more.