Protesters wave an Armenian national flag in Yerevan on May 2, 2018.

How Old Courts Derail New Democracies

For the nations in Russia’s orbit, holdouts in the judicial system are an Achilles’ heel.

A woman gestures as Armenian special police forces block a street during an opposition rally in central Yerevan on April 16, 2018.

Women Can Bring Peace to Nagorno-Karabakh

They helped propel Armenia’s Velvet Revolution. Now, they’re turning their attention to diplomacy with Azerbaijan.

Visitors stand together at Tsitsernakaberd, the Armenian genocide memorial complex, in Yerevan, Armenia, on Nov. 16, 2018.

Israel’s Refusal to Recognize the Armenian Genocide Is Indefensible

Both Armenians and Jews have been the victims of premeditated mass murder. The Israeli government must put justice before political expediency and call the crime by its name.

Nikol Pashinyan casting his ballot during early parliamentary elections in Yerevan on Dec. 9, 2018. (Karen Minasayan/ AFP/Getty Images)

Armenia’s Revolution Will Not be Monopolized

An Armenian protest leader just secured the office of prime minister by a landslide—but, thanks to his own efforts, he’ll still face plenty of opposition.

Supporters of Nikol Pashinyan celebrate his election as prime minister of Armenia in Yerevan’s Republic Square on May 8. (Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty Images)

Armenia’s Democratic Dreams

The country’s Velvet Revolution took its cues from democratic movements in Latin America rather than from other revolutions in the post-Soviet world. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

Supporters of opposition leader and newly elected Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan celebrate in the streets of Yerevan on May 8. (Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images)

Armenia’s Post-Revolution Party Is Over

The country’s new government wants to root out corruption—but the ancien régime isn't giving up without a fight.

Armenian servicemen of the self-defense army of Nagorno-Karabakh fire an artillery shell towards Azeri forces from their positions in the town of Martakert in Armenian-seized Azerbaijani region of Nagorny Karabakh on April 3, 2016.
Clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces rumbled on April 3, despite Baku announcing a ceasefire after the worst outbreak of violence in decades over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region sparked international pressure to stop fighting.  / AFP / PHOTOLURE / Vahram Baghdasaryan        (Photo credit should read VAHRAM BAGHDASARYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel Freezes Export of Suicide Drone to Azerbaijan After Allegation of Abuse

Israel’s Defense Ministry is investigating a claim that the drone was illegally used to attack Armenian troops in a test.


The Syrian Refugees Coming Home to Armenia

A century ago, they fled to escape the genocide in the collapsing Ottoman Empire. Now these ethnically Armenian Syrians are trying to make a new home in their old country.


Armenia Is Literally Joining Forces With Russia

The United States will pay for improved Armenian elections. That doesn't mean Armenia will rotate away from Russia.


It seems that not everyone likes those tough-minded ‘Military History’ reviews

Remember last month I said how much I like the no-holds-barred reviews in The Journal of Military History? Well, it turns out that not everyone agrees — especially some of those getting reviewed.


What a Genocide 100 Years Ago Reveals About the War in Syria Today

2015 Global Thinkers Ara Oshagan, Levon Parian, and Vahagn Thomasian discuss how the world hasn’t changed since the slaughter of their Armenian ancestors.

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The Bear in the Room

The recent protests in Armenia didn’t address the country’s crippling dependence on Moscow. But sooner or later that will have to change.

Journalists watch as the judges (unseen), question Seif al-Islam, the son of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, broadcasted live from the western Libyan city of Zintan, from inside a room in Tripoli on June 22, 2014. Thirty-seven former Kadhafi regime officials are charged with murder, kidnapping, complicity in incitement to rape, plunder, sabotage, embezzlement of public funds and acts harmful to national unity. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sentenced to Death from Thousands of Miles Away

On Tuesday, Muammar al-Qaddafi's son was sentenced to death in absentia. He's not the only one who's escaped a death sentence by not attending his own trial.

Protesters gesture as a riot police vehicle sprays a jet of water to disperse them during a rally against a recent decision to raise public electricity prices in Yerevan, Armenia, June 23, 2015. The protest started on Monday, when about 5,000 demonstrators marched to the presidential headquarters, as they rallied against a recent decision to raise public electricity prices, but were stopped by riot police. The protesters began a sit-in protest, blocking traffic on a central boulevard. Police asked demonstrators to leave the road but they refused. REUTERS/Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY     

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#ElectricYerevan Protesters Give Cops the Finger Amid Showdown Over Rate Hike

Despite a violent crackdown by police in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, protests over energy prices continue to grow.


The Armenian Genocide, as Power Ballad

Glitter, glam, and ethnic nationalism: The tricky politics of the South Caucasus come to Eurovision.

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Ever Again

We know a lot about genocide. So why do we keep letting it happen?

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Denial Keeps the Genocide Alive

Armenians can’t put the genocide behind them while Turks deny their responsibility — and the United States turns a blind eye.


The King of the Arab Street vs. the Pope

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is playing politics with the centennial of the Armenian genocide.

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 08:  U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he makes a statement at the State Dining Room of the White House August 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke on the economy, S&P downgrade and the loss of Navy SEAL members in Afghanistan.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Despite Campaign Pledge, Obama Won’t Call 1915 Killings of Armenians ‘Genocide’

U.S. officials speaking to Foreign Policy said the White House had contemplated recognizing the genocide and alerted State Department officials who deal with Turkey to prepare for the potential diplomatic blowback.


The Armenian Genocide’s Samantha Power Problem

The United States cannot stop genocide as long as policymakers and human rights advocates stick to black-and-white narratives.

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