New April, New Armenia

Lecture | August 29 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Tatul Hakobyan, Yerevan-based Reporter and Political Analyst

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

This talk, followed by a discussion, will analyze the latest political developments in Armenia that resulted in the so-called “Velvet Revolution” led by Nigol Pashinyan. This revolution brought about the resignation of newly-elected Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, who had already served two terms as Armenia’s President, and his replacement by Pashinyan. Some of the questions to be addressed include the following:
-What were the causes of this unexpected revolution?
-What has been achieved over the past hundred, or so, days?
-What are the prospects for Pashinyan’s success in the coming legislative elections?
-Is a counter-revolution that would bring back the kleptocratic, authoritarian leadership of the previous regimes still possible.