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Gayane Abrahamyan

Armenia: Nation-Army Plan Raises Concerns About Society’s Militarization

A new program is promoting the closer integration of Armenia’s military and...

Armenia: Political Campaigns, Failing to Inspire Voters, Offer Cash

As voters head to the polls in Armenia’s parliamentary elections, they may...

Armenia: Is Concern About Domestic Violence a Liberal Value?

Legislation aimed at preventing domestic violence in Armenia has been scuttled after...

Armenia: Has Violence Become an Acceptable Tool for Change?

This week’s armed attack on a police station in the Armenian capital,...

Armenia: Looking to Receive an Economic Boost from Iran

Economic hopes are rising in Armenia that the country can serve as...

Armenia: Stepping Gingerly Around Russia-Turkey Feud

Policymakers in Armenia are wary of the risks of the country getting...

Armenia: Like Greece, Too Much Foreign Debt?

Some economic experts in Armenia are starting to worry: they believe the...

Armenia: Mixing Faith and Philanthropy

Some mega-millionaire philanthropists fund universities and hospitals, while others opt to fund...

Could Russia Use Georgian, Armenian Airspace for Syria Flights?

Amidst mounting concerns in Washington about Russia’s military presence in war-ravaged Syria,...

Could Russia Spoil Armenia’s Iranian Investment Dreams?

Hopes are running high in Armenia that the pending end of international...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Has Sports Overcome Politics at European Games?

Despite the Azerbaijani government’s assertion that the European Games in Baku would...

Turkey’s Armenians Rediscover Their Identity

Five years ago, 53-year-old freelance columnist Miran Pirgiç, a resident of the...

Armenia: HIV/AIDS Patients Struggle with Rampant Discrimination

If you are an HIV/AIDS patient looking to visit a dentist, attend...

Armenia: Debate Swirls Over How to Care for Disabled Babies

Leo Forrest is just over a month old, but already has become...

Armenia: Yerevan Mending Fences with EU

With the Russian economy hitting the skids, it looks like Armenia wants...

Armenia Hopes to Become Glittering Gateway for Russian Diamonds

A diamond deal that gives Armenia duty-free access to rough diamonds from...

Armenia: Pro-Russia Activists Attack Diaspora Members for Promoting “European Values”

Wariness of “European values” within a significant segment of Armenian society is...

Armenians Struggle for the Right to Die without Pain

For Heghine Simonian, the memories of her 27-year-old daughter’s suffering are still...

Armenia: Second-Hand Car Importers Worry that Customs Union Will Be a Lemon

Armenia’s decision to join the Russian-led Customs Union was framed by the...

Armenia: Activists Push for Domestic-Violence Law amid Official Indifference

As elsewhere in the South Caucasus, Armenian women can expect to receive...

Armenia: Should Workers Be Forced to Save for Retirement?

A US-supported pension-reform project has ground to a halt in Armenia amid...

For Armenia, Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoğlu’s Visit a “PR Show”

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu visited Armenia on December 12 in what...

Armenia: Residents Still Living the Spitak Earthquake

Twenty-five years ago, a massive earthquake turned northern Armenia upside down. Many...

Armenia: Karabakh Displaced Endure “Different Kind of Misery”

When Mariam Avanesian and her family fled to Yerevan from Azerbaijan 25...

Armenia: Using Amnesties to Avoid Judicial Reform?

The Armenian government’s recent amnesty of several hundred prisoners has more to...

Armenia: Is the Government Taking Aim at the Wrong People?

In what many local observers see as the latest in a series...

Armenia: A Go-Slow Investigation of Activist Attacks?

Heated differences of opinion are nothing new in the South Caucasus, but...

Armenia: Does Gas Explain Decision to Join Customs Union?

Some Armenian officials would have you believe that Yerevan's surprise decision to...

Can a Woman’s Robe Undermine Armenia’s Strategic Partnership with Russia?

At first glance, the connection between a fatal July 13 traffic accident...

Armenia: Military Academies Opening Doors to Women

This year for the first time young women in Armenia can enroll...

Armenia: Karabakh Veterans Fight to Survive

Successful in war, Armenian veterans of the 1988-1994 conflict with Azerbaijan over...

Armenia: Could Fed-Up Farmers Foster Unrest?

Armenia recently experienced its “Hello Revolution.” Now, after a hailstorm earlier this...

Armenia: New Rule for State-Paid Childbirth Stirs Discontent

A government decree in Armenia that bars pregnant women who are not...

Armenia: Diaspora Investors Ready to Move On?

Business investors from Armenia’s far-flung diaspora, a key engine for the South...

Armenia: A Blurry Line in Yerevan Between Hate Crime and Defense of “National Interests”

Reactions to a recent arson attack on a gay-friendly bar in Yerevan...

Armenia: Sizing Up the EU Implications of the Parliamentary Vote

When Armenians go to the polls on May 6 they may be...

Armenia: Local Election Observers Fear Risk of Prosecution

With less than two weeks to go until Armenia’s parliamentary vote, election...

Armenia: For Criticism-Averse Army, the Pen is as Threatening as the Sword

A free speech debate is flaring in Armenia, touched off by an...

Armenia: Could a Goddess Influence an Election Campaign?

To the British Museum, she is “probably Aphrodite,” the Greek goddess of...

Armenia: Yerevan Wants to Open Up to Iran

As the European Union, the United States and a host of other...

Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh Debate Ownership of Ancient Treasure

A collection of ancient gold, silver and bronze artifacts has become the...

Armenia: Iranian Tourists Let Loose in Yerevan for Novruz

Armenia’s civil rights record isn’t exactly unblemished, but to thousands of Iranians...

Armenia: A Woman’s World in One Mountain Village

Each year, International Women’s Day arrives on March 8 in the Armenian...

Armenia: Yerevan Criminal Case Puts Justice System on Trial

As is the case with many small towns around the globe, the...

Armenia and Turkey: Book Exhibition Illustrates Strong Interest in Dialogue

The official reconciliation process between Turkey and Armenia may now be frozen,...

Armenia: Yerevan Police Say Emo Music Threatens Country’s “Gene Pool”

Following the suicide of a 15-year-old boy, police in the Armenian capital...

Armenia: New Army Killings Raise Non-Combat Death Toll to 15 Since July

The non-combat deaths of four soldiers on the Nagorno-Karabakh frontline on November...

Armenia: Yerevan Grappling with Domestic Violence Issue

The issue of domestic violence, long a taboo topic in Armenia, is...

Armenia: Iranian-Armenians Struggle to Change Image as “Foreigners”

Armenia’s diaspora is renowned for maintaining strong ties to the Motherland. But...

Armenia: Iraqi-Armenian Refugees Looking to Move On

The reverberations from US President Barack Obama’s recent declaration on the end...

Armenia: Army Non-Combat Deaths Prompt Calls for Reform

After the deaths of seven soldiers this summer in non-combat-related shootings, public...

Israeli Parliament May Consider Armenian Genocide Recognition

Amid a downturn in Turkish-Israeli relations, political support in Israel for a...

Clinton’s Caucasus Campaign Gains Tepid Results

She came, she saw, but did she conquer? United States Secretary of...

Word Games: Armenian Debate Over Karabakh Statement Obscures Clinton Visit

A heated political debate in Armenia over a joint statement by US...

Armenia: Building a Bridge to Turkey – Literally, This Time

Amidst the freeze on normalizing ties with Turkey, a group of Armenian...

Armenian Leaders Bang Heads at Deep Purple Concert

It’s not a widely known fact, but metalheads rule in Armenia. Top...

In Armenia, Election Violence Victims' Families Seek Retribution

Families of nine of the 10 men who died in Armenia’s post-election...

Armenia: Turkish Film Festival Aims to Show Armenians the Real Turkey

First soccer, now films. A Turkish film festival in Yerevan is being...

Armenia: Parliamentary Vote Deals Blow to Turkish Reconciliation Chances

Armenia is ready to back out before it enters into a binding...

Armenia: Parliamentary Vote Deals Blow to Turkish Reconciliation Chances

Armenia is ready to back out before it enters into a binding...

Armenia: Gas Price Hike in Yerevan Likely to Have Social Repercussions

Already struggling to scrape by amid the global economic downturn, many Armenians...

Armenia: Archeologists Say They've Found Remains of World's Oldest Human Brain

An Armenian-American-Irish archeological expedition claims to have found the remains of the...

Armenia: Crackdown Victims' Families Have Little Hope for Justice

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's decision to shut down the commission investigating the...

Armenia: Trying to Find a Balance Between Economic Need and Environmental Responsibility

A Russian-owned mining company's plan to build a gold-processing plant near Armenia's...

Armenia and Azerbaijan: Eurovision Contest Puts Musical Twist on Nagorno-Karabakh Dispute

For most television viewers, Eurovision 2009, with all its spangled costumes and...

Nagorno-Karabakh: Baku and Yerevan Downbeat on a Possible Solution

While international mediators give an upbeat assessment to the May 8 tête-à-tête...

Armenia: Obama Escapes Blame for Omission

Rather than blame US President Barack Obama, many Armenians are holding Armenian...

Armenian Village Plans for Turkish Border Opening

Amidst rising international expectations of an Armenian-Turkish rapprochement, hopes are rising fast...

Armenia: Pro-Government Youth Group Relies on Dirty Tricks to Fight Corruption

A photo campaign launched by the pro-government youth group Miasin (Together) has...

Armenia: Opposition Supporters Remember 2008 Violence in Yerevan

Shouting "Punish the March 1 criminals," supporters of former president Levon Ter-Petrosian...

Armenia: Religious Freedom Debate Flares, Critics Say the Devil is in the Details of Legislative Amendments

Proposed amendments to a law on religion in Armenia are stoking an...

Georgia: Espionage Arrests of Ethnic Armenians Stoke Suspicion of Russia

Georgia's arrest of two ethnic Armenians on espionage charges is threatening to...

In Wake of Georgia War, Armenia Faces Hobson's Choice

The Georgia-Russia war has placed Armenia in a bind. Officials in Yerevan...

Armenia: Pro-Opposition TV Station Tries for Comeback

A favorable European court ruling has prompted popular pro-opposition broadcaster A1+ to...

Armenia Retains Voting Rights in Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has voted to give...

Leader of Karabakh War Veterans Struggles with Hobson's Choice

With ties still strained to the breaking point between the Armenian government...

Post-March 1, Does Armenia Have an Agenda for Change?

Armenia will soon be called on to demonstrate to the Parliamentary Assembly...

Armenia: A Political Prisoner to Some, a Criminal to Others

More than a month after the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of...

Armenia: Time for a Change on Karabakh?

Amid calls from President Serzh Sarkisian for a more "pro-active" policy, Armenia's...

Armenia: Dueling Protests Occur in Yerevan, as President Calls on Opponents to Sober-Up

Yerevan was the scene of competing rallies on February 26....

Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Resigns, Defections to Ter-Petrosian Continue

In a surprise move, Deputy Parliamentary Speaker and presidential candidate Vahan Hovhannisian...

International Observers: Armenia's Vote Passes the Mark

Despite widespread opposition and domestic observer claims of violence and intimidation, an...

Armenia: Governing Party Members, Dashnaks Defect to Ter-Petrosian's Campaign

With just three full days of campaigning left, the battle lines are...

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation: An "Alternative" to Politics as Usual?

In a metaphysical tangle of politics, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation is part...

Armenia: Opposition Candidates Charge That Political Factors are Behind Rising Food Prices

Rising food prices and a falling dollar have become crucial points of...

Armenia: Measures to Promote Free-and-Fair Presidential Vote Face Scrutiny

With Armenia's presidential election less than a month away, attention is focusing...