Armenia has not been immune to the recent turmoil affecting the post-Soviet space. In September 2013, in a move that caught many by surprise, President Serzh Sargsyan committed his country to joining the Russia-led Eurasian Union project. Last April, the country appointed a new prime minister, Hovik Abrahamian, and new government. And this summer saw the worst flare-up on the Line of Contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces since 1994.

Carnegie hosted a discussion of a new collection of articles, Armenia’s Foreign and Domestic Politics: Development Trends, published by the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan, with one of its authors, Sergey Minasyan. Copies of the publication were available at the event. Carnegie’s Thomas de Waal moderated. 

Sergey Minasyan

Sergey Minasyan is the deputy director and head of the Political Studies Department at the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan, Armenia. He holds a PhD in Military History from the Institute of History under the National Academy of Science and Doctor of Political Science from the Institute for National Security Studies at the Ministry of Defense of Armenia. He also holds an MA in International Relations from Yerevan State University, and graduated from the Council of Europe Yerevan School of Political Studies in 2010. 

Thomas de Waal

Thomas de Waal is a senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, specializing primarily in the South Caucasus region comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia and their breakaway territories, as well as the wider Black Sea region.