• A Year in Review: Armenian Government Hampered by Path Dependence

    A Year in Review: Armenian Government Hampered by Path Dependence

    By Armen Grigoryan In 2019, Armenia’s economic situation markedly improved, registering GDP growth of 6.5 percent, a stable financial system, upgraded credit ratings, higher budget revenues and reduced public debt (Emerging Europe, December 30, 2019). According to a poll conducted in September and October by the International Republican Institute (IRI), 28 percent of citizens noted […]

  • Armenia’s Post-Revolutionary Government Seeks to Speed up Reform

    Armenia’s Post-Revolutionary Government Seeks to Speed up Reform

    By Armen Grigoryan A year after winning a two-thirds majority at the snap parliamentary elections, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has acknowledged flaws in the government’s previous approach to the reform process, admitting that some essential reforms have practically been stalled. Pashinyan continually enjoys a considerably high level of public support, and needs to take decisive […]

  • State Capture by Means of Constitution: Armenian and Hungarian Cases

    State Capture by Means of Constitution: Armenian and Hungarian Cases

    By Armen Grigoryan Introduction In 2012, when President Serzh Sargsyan suspended diplomatic relations with Hungary after the extradition of Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan, most Armenians’ perception that Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán himself played an important, if not decisive role in the unfortunate decision to extradite the notorious axe-murderer, was quite accurate. It is a bit […]

  • Tsnelisi-Chorchana Crisis: Facts, Details and Chronology

    Tsnelisi-Chorchana Crisis: Facts, Details and Chronology

    By Tornike Zurabashvili The decision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia to set up an observation post between the village of Chorchana in the Khashuri municipality and the village of Tsnelisi in the Russian-held Tskhinvali Region/ South Ossetia in August 2019 caused weeks of crisis at the occupation line. The situation did not […]

  • “Armenia first”: behind the rise of Armenia’s alt-right scene

    “Armenia first”: behind the rise of Armenia’s alt-right scene

    by Armen Grigoryan Armenia’s 2018 revolution may have pushed a kleptocratic regime out of power, but today the country’s conservative agenda is radicalising under new conditions.

  • Tearing apart: what drives political polarisation in Georgia?

    Tearing apart: what drives political polarisation in Georgia?

    Lessons learnt from the 2018 Presidential elections By Tornike Zurabashvili Tornike Zurabashvili is an independent political analyst based in Tbilisi, Georgia. From December 2016 through June 2019, he edited Civil.ge, Georgia’s leading English-language daily news and analytical platform. He is currently a fellow at the Eurasia Democratic Security Network.

  • Running out of steam: Georgian politics after the May 2019 elections

    Running out of steam: Georgian politics after the May 2019 elections

    By Max Fras Local mayoral by-elections and parliamentary by-elections in May and June 2019, Georgia’s last electoral test before the 2020 parliamentary elections, signal a turbulent year ahead for Georgian politics and society. Although the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party won throughout, the elections revealed that both GD and opposition parties are struggling to present […]

  • Tbilisi’s protests and the Georgian Dream Political paradox

    Tbilisi’s protests and the Georgian Dream Political paradox

    By Lincoln Mitchell The protests and political drama that have engulfed Tbilisi over last week or so has highlighted all of the flaws of Georgia’s ruling Georgian Dream party (GD). While the image of a pro-Kremlin Russian parliamentarian holding court in Georgia’s legislature was to many Georgians a troubling symbol, that event, and the political […]

  • EDSN 2019 Conference on Democracy and Security

    EDSN 2019 Conference on Democracy and Security

    June 3, 2019 09:00-17:00 Holiday Inn Tbilisi Join the Center for Social Sciences and the Eurasia Democratic Security Network (EDSN) for its 2019 conference on democracy and security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Featuring a slate of distinguished speakers — including the 2018-19 cohort of EDSN fellows, prominent guest speakers, and invited experts — the […]