11.05.2009REGIONAL ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS
The article touches upon the recent developments in the sphere of energy in South Caucuses and neighbouring countries. The main attention is paid to the political problems in interstate collaboration in the sphere of energy. The recent month will probably be most important for Armenia this year in the context of the implementation and pointing out the prospects of energy projects. It is conditioned by the official visit of the president of Armenia to Iran in April, and the prospects of energy projects, which are very important for Armenia, are connected with that visit.
07.05.2009PROSPECTS OF ARMENIA IN THE LIGHT OF “ZONAL” ASPECT OF WORLD FINANCIAL CRISIS
World financial crisis brings its colouring to the ongoing developments in the international relations. The recent debates round the supply and the transition of energy resources incrust with the financial-borrowed elements and fluently takes the form of credit and energetic interdependences.
30.04.2009TURKISH-ISLAMIC FACTOR IN GEORGIA
Georgia is a country with complex ethnic and religious mosaic. This country is inhabited both by Christian and Muslim minorities. The number of Muslims is about half a million. Among them Sunni Georgians, who reside in Adzharia, which is contiguous with Turkey, and Shiah Azerbaijanis, which have community in Qvemo-Qartli (Azerbaijani variant Borchalu) province, which includes Marneul, Gardaban, Bolnis and Dmanis regions contiguous with Azerbaijan and Armenia. There are Muslims in other Georgian provinces too (including Tbilisi). The Krists (12.000), who belong to Vaynakh ethnic group and reside in Pankisi Gorge also practice Islam.
28.04.2009ARMENIANS IN AMERICAN POPULAR FICTION
Written at the height of the Cold War, “The Pigeon Project” (1979), tells the fictional story of the British-American scientist Davis MacDonald who has discovered the key biological factor determining human longevity. The novel opens with MacDonald celebrating his discovery in his laboratory in Suchumi, Soviet Abkhazia, where he has been studying the underlying reasons for the unusual longevity of the locals. (Interestingly, and perhaps prophetically, never once in his book does the author mention Georgia). In the best traditions of Cold War era political thrillers, the local KGB agent gets a whiff of the discovery and reports to his superiors who immediately appear on the scene trying to keep it for the Soviet Union.
27.04.2009PRESS RELEASE U.S.-Armenia Public Affairs Committee (USAPAC)
President Obama’s April 24 statement is his second lost opportunity to affirm the Armenian Genocide. On the first occasion, his visit to the Republic of Turkey, the President stated that his view on the Armenian Genocide was well known and remained unchanged, yet he chose not to utter the word “genocide”. The President then urged the Turkish government and people to face this history, just as America had done with African-Americans and Native Americans.
23.04.2009THE RELENTLESS MEMORY OF AMERICA & THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
The current turmoil within Turkey’s politics renders this an excellent opportunity to ask whether the recognition of the Armenian genocide at the hands of Ottoman government is important simply for the sake of establishing historical justice or proving a series of events that establish historical facts. Neither US House of Representatives nor Senate should believe any harm could befall the US-Turkish strategic partnership or even escalate Armenian-Turkish relations to a much-anticipated detente in the future. The very problem lies within the representation and interpretation of the issue.
23.04.2009AT THE ORIGINS OF COMMEMORATION: THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY DECLARING APRIL 24 AS A DAY OF MOURNING AND COMMEMORATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
A special committee was formed in Constantinople, in March 1919, by a group of Ottoman Armenian intellectuals who survived the Armenian Genocide. The main goal of this committee was the organization of commemoration ceremonies dedicated to the 4th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
21.04.2009 DAVID SIMONYAN : SURRENDER OF TERRITORIES TO AZERBAIJAN: STRATEGIC CONSEQUENCES FOR ARMENIA AND NAGORNO-KARABAKH
REGNUM publishes the article of security expert David Simonyan (Yerevan), which reflects his vision of the future of the Karabakh conflict. The article is published in the author’s wording. In the light of the continuing discourse on how to preserve the “favorable window of opportunities” in the Karabakh peace process, people in Armenia keep actively talking about the settlement principles that have reportedly been presented to the Armenian and Azeri presidents for discussion and possible signing. These principles stipulate that Armenian troops be withdrawn from the liberated territories and the territories, except for the Lachin corridor, be given back to Azerbaijan.
20.04.2009DEVELOPMENTS IN AND ROUND IRAN
The recent political and international developments in and round Iran are mainly connected with two important factors. Those factors are the forthcoming elections and the new US Administration’s policy towards Iran, which is still at the stage of the formation. At the same time some developments can be observed in the line of “nuclear problem”, especially, taking into the account the resumption of the talks between Iran and “the six”.
16.04.2009ISSUES OF ORGANIZATION OF ARMENIANCY
We can meet both pessimistic and optimistic and sometimes even “realistic” forecasts, which are formed by a simple combination of “bad” and “good” scenarios, on the informational field regarding the current “crisis”. Anyway it is difficult to evaluate those scenarios. The crisis processes change our notion of the system of values, and this, in its turn, makes the notion of what is “good” and “bad” rather relative.
14.04.2009THE OBAMA VISIT TO TURKEY: THE BROADER CONTEXT
While Armenia views today’s Barack Obama-Abdullah Gul meetings through the prism of border relations and genocide recognition, from the broader perspective of US national interests, Turkey is seen to now hold particular strategic significance, for three main reasons. First, the Obama Administration recognizes Turkey’s more recent role as a resurgent regional actor, with influence and access in the broader Middle East, the Black Sea and the Caucasus. Within this context, the Obama Administration is now seeking to leverage Turkey as a mediator or facilitator to deal with Syria and Israel and possibly even Afghanistan and Pakistan.
06.04.2009MUJAHIDEEN IN WAR IN KARABAKH
The institution of mujahideen in its current format was arranged in 1980-1990th during the war in Afghanistan and was connected with the realities of the “cold war”. During the whole war in Afghanistan (1979-1988) the US, particularly through the Saudi and Pakistani special services, furnished large-scale financial and military assistance to the groups fighting against Soviet army.
03.04.2009MULTIPLE-VECTOR GLOBALIZATION AND PERMANENT CHAOS
The ongoing system changes should inevitably bring to the revaluation of definite ingrained perceptions. This regards, for example, to such a foundational notion as globalization, which started to be used extensively in the end of the last century and is supposed to be one of the main terms, which characterize the realities of world order. In the context of political comments the term “chaos” is used incomparably rarely in the mass media (more often one can meet “controlled chaos” expression). However, in expert literature it is considered to be the axial, because just notion “chaos”, allows us, as far as possible, to understand and explain complex phenomena and processes.
31.03.2009ON ARMENIAN ORIENTATION OF ERGENEKON
You can steadily assert that in the recent period the developments around the terrorist organization called Ergenokon are among the most important and significant in many aspects happenings in the domestic political life on Turkey. This case is very often associated with the notion of “deep state”. It is mentioned that the disclosure of Ergenekon and trial in reality are a kind of struggle between pro-Islamic government and secular militaries. The fact that there are militaries in Ergenekon, and even high-ranked militaries, is irrefutable. It is enough to mention that at present the high-ranked Turkish militaries, e.g. famous retired general Veli Kucuk, majors Mehmet Zekeria Ozturk, Mehmet Fikri Karadag, captain Muzaffer Tekin are all targeted in the investigation either as defendants or suspects.
30.03.2009MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN TURKEY Minorities Emerge from Political Isolation
The EU charges that minorities in Turkey are still persecuted. But they are growing more politically active with numerous minority candidates on the ballot for this weekend's municipal elections. The country may even get its first Jewish mayor. It may be the quietest voting district in Istanbul -- no smog, no traffic jams, no police sirens. On the Princes' Islands, in the Sea of Marmara, only horse-drawn carriages are allowed, and those only for tourists.
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