Today on Army Day, Armenian soldiers continue to protect our fragile borders in difficult and sometimes dismal conditions and now, more than ever, fundamental reforms of the Armed Forces is of paramount importance.
Today on Army Day, Armenian soldiers continue to protect our fragile borders in difficult and sometimes dismal conditions and now, more than ever, fundamental reforms of the Armed Forces is of paramount importance.
While there have been some positive developments in the Armenian dairy industry, its further development is being hampered by a number of factors. Economist Suren Parsyan explains.
What happens when a couple only has a church wedding, but not a civil marriage? What about couples that have done neither but are living and raising a family together? These unions are not legally recognized in Armenia’s Family Law leading to a lot of problems down the road.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit the tourism industry hard globally and Armenia was not spared. Another obstacle hindering development prospects for tourism in Armenia is regional and border stability which will also play an important role when travel resumes in full force.
Securing a technological edge is critical to the competitiveness of the Armenian Armed Forces. Yet reforming the military’s technology ecosystem in isolation will not resolve the country’s festering security woes.
As Armenia seeks to develop a new national security framework following the defeat in the 2020 Artsakh War, relations with Iran could play an increasingly important role.
Following the 2020 Artsakh War, the creation of a new geopolitical reality in the region by Baku and Ankara opened a "Pandora's Box" forcing the main stakeholders to re-articulate their geopolitical agenda.
After remaining on the sidelines of the 2020 Artsakh War, the EU seems to be back with a renewed and impressive strategy for Armenia. With this new agenda, is the EU trying to counterbalance the influence of other regional players?
Today marks the one year anniversary of the Tavush clashes. This article looks into the chronology of events as they developed, the subsequent narrative that was perpetuated in Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the consequent reactions of regional and international powers.
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.
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.
July 5 marks Constitution Day in Armenia. Constitutional reform is still on the mind of the re-elected Prime Minister, whose approach to forming a constitutional package has so far greatly resembled that of his predecessors. But there are more participatory models that could be adopted.
Armenia’s defeat in the 2020 Artsakh War was a collective failure of all state bodies and institutions. The new Armenian government must construct a foreign policy doctrine defined by “strategic engagement.”
Electronic dance music, as a relatively new cultural phenomenon, could have been occupied by women, but even here, the presence of men is predominant and women have to fight for fair representation.
After a bitter election campaign, three political forces are poised to enter parliament. What they do and how they behave will determine the future of the country.
Compared to other markets in the Armenian economy, the telecommunications and communications market is highly competitive. Economist Suren Parsyan breaks it down.
After its victory in the 2020 Artsakh War, Azerbaijan started massive restoration projects in the seven conquered regions of the Republic of Artsakh. These projects will undoubtedly impact Armenia.
Director Nora Martirosyan’s film “Should the Wind Drop” reveals the frustrating situation surrounding the airport as a starting point to delve into the history, problems and spirit of Artsakh.
Armenia’s security infrastructure requires a robust defense doctrine, expansive reforms, rearticulation of geopolitical and geostrategic realities, closing the gap in power disparity with regional actors and competent institutional structures.
Although performance art has practically disappeared from the contemporary art scene as an autonomous medium, early practitioners had a profound impact in changing perceptions of the body in Armenia’s post-independence culture.
Nine days after Azerbaijani Armed Forces crossed into Armenian territory in the Syunik and Gegharkunik regions, the standoff continues. The absence of a resolution and the potential of a military confrontation has the people of Armenia on edge. Here is a timeline of events.
The 2020 Artsakh War highlighted the interests, strategies and positions of Iran and Russia, both regional powers, regarding the resolution of the Karabakh Conflict.
Armenia is now in a teachable moment. It is time to double down on disaster preparedness and emergency care development by taking proactive measures and moving from reaction to prevention and mitigation.
How an AI-powered platform that analyzes thousands of online job postings from a wide variety of commercial websites to provide insights into the labor market can make data-driven decisions come to life.
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.
Armenia is at the wrong end of global cyber security indexes. The lack of a comprehensive cyber security national policy makes the country's network and information systems vulnerable. The 2020 Artsakh War clearly proved this.
Azerbaijan increased its military spending by 17% in 2020; this was among the largest annual increases in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Ani Avetisyan breaks down the numbers of the military expenditures of both Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The Treaty of Moscow reaffirmed, almost identically, the borders laid out in the Treaty of Alexandropol. Armenia, thus, conceded 20,000 square kilometers to Turkey. Mikayel Yalanuzyan reveals the details of those turbulent times.
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.
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.
Three years ago today, Serzh Sargsyan resigned as Prime Minister. When it comes to unjustified constitutional amendments and rigged referendums, Armenian history should never repeat itself.
On the path to becoming a serious player in the global tech sector, Armenia needs to foster an environment that allows technology companies to achieve their business goals, which includes legal institutions to resolve complex disputes.
COVID-19 vaccines are being administered globally in the hopes of curbing the spread of the virus. Gohar Abrahamyan looks at the international race to develop the vaccine, the different vaccines currently being administered and Armenia’s position.
A Military Trophy Park-Museum dedicated to Azerbaijan’s military victory over Artsakh was inaugurated in Baku. It is a gruesome display that includes hundreds of helmets of Armenian soldiers killed in battle and grossly exaggerated life-size figures of dead and dying captives.
With the absence of qualified academic supervisors and challenges with the quality of student research, there was a need to develop a platform where students and supervisors could meet remotely.
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.
There are a number of obstacles and barriers within the internal market of the EAEU. If solved quickly and effectively, it can create opportunities for mutual trade to grow, making it a productive vehicle for regional integration.
The Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between Armenia and the EU came into force on March 1, 2021. Will it serve as a stepping stone to develop and extend the scope of the partnership?
Armenia’s Government must quickly shape a coherent and powerful vision of what it wants to gain from the transport talks. If they get it wrong, the country is at risk of being outmaneuvered by Azerbaijan and taken advantage of by Russia.
Azerbaijan and Turkey are highly incentivized to make the Meghri corridor a reality as soon as possible. For Azerbaijan it’s to have a direct link with its exclave of Nakhijevan. For Turkey, it opens up a direct connection with Azerbaijan and the Turkic world beyond.
Political efficacy has been replaced with a wave of voter alienation among a large percentage of Armenia’s electorate. With snap parliamentary elections set for June 20, these issues will be front and center.
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?
With Russia and now Turkey having new footholds in the South Caucasus following the 2020 Artsakh War, will Washington under the Biden administration attempt to counter these new developments?
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.
It is widely believed that electric vehicles will transform human mobility and energy usage patterns. Could Armenia become a hub of innovation for electric mobility?
The lifting of blockades is presented as a benefit for Armenia, but some business leaders doubt that the Government is prepared for accompanying risks to the Armenian economy.
The November 10 ceasefire agreement ended the 2020 Artsakh War, but the issue of demarcating the new state borders between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been a major concern since then.
There is a school in one of the greenest neighborhoods of Yerevan where children of all ages speak in the indescribably beautiful language of gestures.
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.
When Armenia declared independence in 1991, there was still a large contingent of Soviet troops in the country. Russian military presence, however, stretches back to the early 19th century and now, after the 2020 Artsakh War, is expanding.
Late last year, Armenia’s national postal carrier announced an increase in prices for international shipments. Small businesses have been hit hard.
Armenia’s Constitution states that the Armed Forces must ensure the security, defense and territorial integrity of Armenia, as well as the inviolability of its borders. Intervention by the army in political processes is a violation of the principle of political neutrality and civilian control over them.
The demand for the Prime Minister’s resignation by the Army’s General Staff is a violation of the civilian-military doctrine that has served as an institutional and normative standard within Armenia’s state system and establishes a highly dangerous precedent.
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.
For nearly three decades, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been buying large quantities of weapons from a number of countries. Hovhannes Nazaretyan presents a comprehensive list of weapons acquired by both countries since independence.
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?
Many assumed that Turkey’s direct involvement in the 2020 Artsakh War and thereby its intrusion into Russia’s “near abroad” would be met with hostility by Russia, or at least vocal condemnation. The reaction was mild, writes Zaven Sargsian.
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.
War casualties are one of the major components of Armenia’s demographic crisis. Beyond their immediate impact, they also leave traces for years afterwards.
New colorful waste sorting bins appeared in different districts of Yerevan late last year. By the end of February, the capital will have about 135 new waste sorting locations giving residents the opportunity to dispose of their glass, plastic and paper waste in their courtyards.
Harout Manougian presents a comprehensive overview of the different alliances and government coalitions in parliamentary elections since Armenia’s independence in 1991.
The EU’s weak stance and incapacity to act during a time of great need for the Armenian people still reverberates. Today, Armenians are asking themselves if they can afford to trust the EU again.
Is it necessary to assimilate or exterminate a people to affirm one's identity? Has an Azerbaijani identity been founded upon the genocide of a people, who, like in Turkey, lived side by side with the Turkic populations until the rise of nationalism?
The 2020 Artsakh War changed the geopolitical picture in the South Caucasus, impacting all the countries in the region. While there were clear winners and losers, some countries both won and lost.
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.
Armenia can either unify around a shared vision for the future or digress into internal political strife. Artin DerSimonian explores what a unified Armenian vision for the future could include if the country is to continue on the path of healthy socio-economic development.
A concerted effort is needed to overcome the crisis the Armenian nation is facing. To do that, we need to understand where we are now, be honest, admit mistakes, learn lessons and move forward, writes Hovsep Kanadyan.
Armenia’s President expressed his desire to re-introduce direct presidential elections to Armenia. Doing so could place a stumbling block in the way of Armenia’s democratic consolidation.
A coalition of 16 political parties and others have been demanding the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan following the Russian-brokered trilateral agreement that ended the 2020 Artsakh War.
Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan institutionalized their triangle long before the 2020 Artsakh War and have established deep roots of cooperation.
Throughout the 2020 Artsakh War, the UK Government was mostly impotent, writes James Derounian. It instead has and continues to provide blind, sometimes tacit, support for Turkey directly and its ally Azerbaijan indirectly.
We have a maximum of five years to significantly improve the security of the country along a number of fronts, requiring a collective will, sacrifices, trade-offs and personal choices unlike anything most of us have faced in our lifetimes, writes Raffi Kassarjian.
In the context of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, the “Albanian connection” has become a politicized issue of irredentism, hijacking the rich Christian heritage of Karabakh. The roots of this historiography go back to the Soviet policy of “nativization".
Following Armenia’s major military defeat in Artsakh, many people in the country, including a number of political forces, are calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Such a move could trigger a number of different scenarios.
Dr. Garik Israelian led the international collaboration that provided the first observational evidence that supernova explosions are responsible for the formation of black holes.
On this day of independence, the Armenian people celebrate their defiance of history and injustice. Every September 21, Armenians celebrate their will-to-power, their indestructible will to Struggle.
When the situation on the Armenia-Azerbaijan state border escalated on July 12, 2020, Armenian civilian settlements came under fire for days, a violation of international humanitarian law.
Warm House, a social enterprise run entirely by young girls in the village of Margahovit, is not only experimenting with new crops in its greenhouse, it is changing and challenging stereotypes.
The contours of Armenophobia presuppose the dehumanization of an entire people, where hatred and aversion towards an Armenian is embedded in Azerbaijan’s political culture, writes Nerses Kopalyan.
Vacationing outside of Armenia became an impossibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This could have encouraged domestic tourism, however, it was a missed opportunity, writes Sona Martirosyan.
Dual citizens cannot run in Armenian parliamentary elections, but that hasn’t always been the case.
The draft of the new standard of general education has generated much discussion as well as disagreement. Narek Manukyan discusses the draft from the viewpoint of its political messaging, the positive amendments it offers as well as the problems that still need to be addressed.
Innovative forms of activism emerged in different societies to overcome the limitations of physical distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
How common is your Armenian name? How many genocide survivors remain in Armenia? Which are Armenia’s largest cities? An analysis of Armenia’s voter list reveals the answers.
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.
Since the adoption of the constitutional changes, the reform process of the Constitutional Court has continued. Lusine Sargsyan looks back at some of key developments that have unfolded during the past two months.
Several political parties in Armenia are members of officially registered European political parties in the European Parliament. This affiliation offers an opportunity to deepen international cooperation and conduct parliamentary diplomacy.
For over a century, almost every generation has experienced a disruption of continuity, security and safety, resulting in a cycle of upheaval, writes Maria Titizian.
COVID-19 tested governments around the world and has shown the need for global cooperation. Anna Barseghyan looks at EU and EAEU assistance to Armenia over the last several months.
For nearly three months, a tracking system overseeing the phone calls and locations of citizens has been implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19. EVN Report’s Astghik Karapetyan talked to several experts on the efficiency, flaws and possible dangers of the system.
In this second part of Making Sense of the Numbers, Raffi Kassarjian, using a number of metrics, looks at the development of the virus and governments’ efforts to balance managing its progress with sustaining a minimum level of economic and social activity.
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.
A soldier who was critically injured during clashes at the Armenia-Azerbaijan state border has died, bringing the death toll to five; Pashinyan says the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination, the security of Armenia and Artsakh are not subject to concessions.
Armenia’s Security Council recently introduced a new National Security Strategy after a 13-year hiatus. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan writes that while it is an important milestone and invested efforts are praiseworthy, the document, with a few exceptions, is inward-looking and unambitious.
The latest IRI poll shows that 71% are satisfied with how the Armenian government has handled the COVID-19 situation, but apprehension about future economic consequences remain.
Over the last several days, the situation on the state border seems to have entered a period of relative calm. Moving beyond repair of damaged infrastructure and residential homes, more comprehensive development projects to be implemented in Tavush.
The flare-up of violence on the Armenia-Azerbaijan state border triggered a chain of reactions in Azerbaijan and Turkey. Historian Vahram Ter-Matevosyan examines the domestic situation in Azerbaijan and the implications of Turkish involvement.
This article discusses the progress made in the UN toward identifying threats to international peace and security arising from the use of ICT, introducing mechanisms to build an international framework for cybersecurity and stability.
Border settlements are unequivocally and strategically vital for the security of Armenia and Artsakh. Protecting them militarily, economically and socially needs to be a national priority.
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.
Residents of the border villages and towns in the Tavush region are trying to return to their normal routine as the situation at the state border seems to have stabilized. However, for now, it is an uneasy calm.
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.
Using large-caliber artillery, Azerbaijani Special Forces launched an attack early this morning on Armenian border posts breaking the fragile ceasefire. After being forced to retreat, they began shelling Armenian border villages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After an attempt by Azerbaijani soldiers to cross over the Armenian border on July 12, tensions escalated between the two sides, leaving at least four Azerbaijani soldiers dead and an already fragile region rattled.
This year, there are no tourists, no airport pickups or tearful goodbyes, no late night phone calls or text messages asking where to find the best khorovats, writes Maria Titizian.
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.
The Caucasus Barometer survey conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the country, reveals that the overall mood of the Armenian public was optimistic.
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.
While it is still early to assess the effectiveness of the Armenian government’s COVID-19 response, Lusine Sargsyan reviews some of the key measures authorities introduced over the past five months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Armenia, it is leaving behind physical and emotional scars. In this moving piece, Gohar Abrahamyan speaks with those who contracted the virus and survived.
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.
Armenian authorities have confirmed repeatedly that visa liberalization with the EU is one of the government’s top priorities, however, issues still remain.
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.
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.
The leader of the opposition Prosperous Armenia Party, tycoon Gagik Tsarukyan was stripped of his parliamentary immunity to face criminal charges and be held in detention. A Yerevan court, however, ruled that he will not be held in pre-trial detention.
Gagik Tsarukyan is a remnant of the previous system. The era of oligarchs is over, and Tsarukyan must make his peace with that. Armenia is no longer a country for corrupt old men, writes Dr. Nerses Kopalyan.
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.
There is a growing view that the Eastern Partnership needs to formally move beyond its founding premise as a bridge between neighbors and to become a vehicle for significant economic integration and ultimately, perhaps, EU accession.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The upcoming Brussels Summit on the Eastern Partnership will be another challenge for Armenia as it seeks to maintain the internationally-recognized OSCE Minsk Group framework, with its inclusion of the principle of self-determination.
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.
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.
Though Armenia is not unique, its embrace of Facebook has been unconditional, which may carry national security implications.
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.
Armenia’s parliament recently passed the “Law on the Confiscation of Illegally-Acquired Assets.” It is portrayed as a major anti-corruption measure and according to authorities is aimed at former and current officials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A comprehensive list of the most high-profile investigations launched against former officials and their associates following the 2018 Velvet Revolution.
The Armenian government has initiated a broad set of cases against the oligarchs and Robber Barons of the former regime composed of the upper echelon of the previous-pyramid hierarchy. Nerses Kopalyan looks at a number of high-profile cases.
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Women, the elderly and children living under the same roof with violent abusers became even more vulnerable during the quarantine. Calls to domestic violence hotlines in Armenia have increased by almost 30%.
Anna Barseghyan provides a broad overview of the Armenian government’s move to outlaw public calls for violence and draws parallels with the European experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a Chamber judgment, the ECHR has found Azerbaijan in violation of two articles of the European Convention on Human Rights in the gruesome 2004 murder of Lieutenant Gurgen Margaryan.
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.
The European Green Deal is an ambitious plan to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Anna Barseghyan looks at the challenges and opportunities for green policy in Armenia.
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.
Award-winning photojournalist Anush Babajanyan documents the heavy burden of transitioning to distance education during the COVID-19 pandemic for children, parents and teachers.
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.
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.
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.
When a State of Emergency was declared in Armenia because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people lost their jobs. Many of them were unregistered workers and today have found themselves more vulnerable than ever.
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.
Armenia is struggling to find the appropriate balance between health and safety on the one hand, and the threat of severe economic disruption on the other. Raffi Kassarjian looks at the data to understand what is driving the increasing number of cases.
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.
Armenia sets another record with 180 new confirmed cases of COVID-19; Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in a Facebook live intimated that the State of Emergency will most likely be extended and more.
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.
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.
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.
Armenian banks offer 9% interest on a one-year term deposit. Harout Manougian explains what you need to know before opening an account.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teachers, students and parents are all trying to cope with the transition to online education. Gohar Abrahamyan reveals some of the successes and challenges.
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.
The nature of the strategic importance of oil and gas is changing. As energy policies adapt, Armenia will face a new global reality. Will it be ready for it?
As Armenian Genocide commemorations were cancelled around the world, descendants of the survivors found alternative ways of remembering, honoring and demanding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The EU’s policy toward its neighbors has had several transformations, including a shift from a “one size fits all” approach to a “pick and choose” one. Anna Barseghyan explains.
Tatev Mkrtumyan looks at five startups from the Armenian tech scene that are making a splash in four main industries that are growing during the pandemic.
While many people are following regulations of social distancing and self-isolation, other processes continue unabated, creating a new normal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Different forms of distance learning have been introduced in Armenia for three weeks now. What do we know about the use of information and communication technologies in the general education system of Armenia?
What will change after the global COVID-19 pandemic and how can Armenia position itself to come out of the crisis in a stronger position? Samson Avetian breaks down the economic landscape.
Women in Armenia are challenging traditional perceptions that rigidly define the role of men and women in all spheres of life including sports. Kushane Chobanyan talks with women soccer players who are breaking those stereotypes.
The lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic has ripped the domestic gender gap wide open, laying bare the deep inequity that exists in most families.
Health Minister Arsen Torosyan intends to ask the government to extend the state of emergency, number of COVID-19 cases in Armenia rises to 937, Artsakh registers another two cases and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.