Growing up: political dialogue is happening in Armenia

Levon Zurabyan and Davit Harutyunyan

Representatives of Armenia’s ruling coalition and the main opposition force Armenian National Congress (HAK) met on Monday for initial talks, after which the sides expressed readiness to continue with the difficult political dialogue, which could lay the groundwork for a new, more democratic political culture in Armenia.

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No “Armenian Spring” as Political Dialogue Looms

Armenia -- Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrossian and prominent opposition leaders Sasun Mikayelian and Nikol Pashinian face the rally of supporters, Yerevan, 31May2011

Armenia -- Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrossian and prominent opposition leaders Sasun Mikayelian and Nikol Pashinian face the rally of supporters, Yerevan, 31May2011

Armenian opposition has achieved a great deal over the past two months and is ready for dialogue with the authorities, after President Serzh Sargsian’s administration agreed to release all jailed opposition activists,  grant permission to hold rallies in Yerevan’s Liberty Square and relaunch the investigation into the deaths of 2008 post-election violence in Yerevan. Continue reading

Guest post: an evolving relationship between Dashnaktsutyun and Zharangutyun

Leading ARF Dashnaktsutyun member Vahan Hovhannisian (L) talks to Zharangutyun (Heritage) leader Raffi Hovhannisian, undatedLeading ARF Dashnaktsutyun member Vahan Hovhannisian (L) talks to Zharangutyun (Heritage) leader Raffi Hovhannisian, undated

Armenia -- Leading ARF Dashnaktsutyun member Vahan Hovhannisian (L) talks to Zharangutyun (Heritage) leader Raffi Hovhannisian who has staged a hunger strike in Liberty square, Yerevan, March 2011

In the midst of all of the news regarding Raffi Hovannisyan’s hunger strike, the evolving relationship between Hovannisyan and the ARF, especially the Diasporan portion of the ARF, caught my attention. Continue reading