Working Papers

Working Papers are a format of publication by Caucasus Institute. They study and analyze various aspects of the life of Armenia and the South Caucasus. The main languages of publications are English, Russian and Armenian.

The Policy Papers present the findings of study carried out by the Caucasus Institute on this or that theme including the recommendations in terms of improving the situation where necessary. The themes of investigation are various and include media, gender elections, identity and so on.

The publications are open to the wide public including decision-makers, journalists, experts, students and all interested parties.


Development and Diversity:
the ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Armenian Diaspora at the Present Stage

Author: Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan
Editor: Hrant Mikaelian
Date published: May 2017

Recently the potential of diaspora as a socioeconomic and political instrument of development in small countries is gaining more importance, however, activities of diaspora not always bring about required dynamics of socioeconomic development. In the framework of this working paper the author tackles the issue of the Armenian Diaspora’s heterogeneity, its geographic diversity and historical cleavages, and possible ways of using the Diaspora’s potential for socioeconomic development of Armenia.


The Political System of Azerbaijan and Its Dependence on Energy Resources

Author: Armen Manvelyan
Date published: November 2016

The goal of this paper was to give a general review of Azerbaijan’s oil and gas sector, its influence on economic system and the role of Sofaz in economic and political system of the country. In addition, it also touches upon perspectives of Azerbaijan’s economic and political development under possible continuation of low oil prices.


Men and Women in Armenian Media 2014

Project manager: Nina Iskandaryan
Authors of the report: Hrant Mikaelyan, Tatevik Sargsyan
Monitoring team: Syuzi Artelyan, Norayr Iskandaryan, Tatevik Sargsyan
Date published: February 2014

The goal of this media monitoring was to assess to what extent and in which ways Armenian media and journalists cover men and women, gender roles and relations.
The project envisaged two rounds of media monitoring conducted a year apart in order to enable tracking of changes and assessment of tendencies. The first round of monitoring was conducted in autumn 2012. The present report presents the results of the second round of media monitoring, conducted in October-November 2013.


The 2013 Yerevan Municipal Election Campaign in Online Media Coverage

Date published: May 2013

The goal of the study was to assess the impact that on-line media have on voters’ perceptions and knowledge during electoral processes in Armenia, and specifically, to see if the coverage of the municipal election campaign in on-line media enabled voters to make an informed choice. To achieve this, we monitored the media coverage of the municipal election campaign in online media.


Men and Women in Armenian Media 2012

Authors: Nina Iskandaryan, Hrant Mikaelian, Tatev Sargsyan
Research team: Khachatur Najaryan, Hrant Mikaelian, Tatev Sargsyan
Date published: February 2013

The goal of the study was to assess to what extent and in which ways Armenian media and journalists cover men and women, gender roles and relations. The study was focused on television and online media as the types of media from which Armenians get most of their information. In the internet, the analysis is based on news websites and online versions of printed media, while on television, the main stress is on news and talk shows.


Women in Local Administration in Armenia

Author: Hrant Mikaelyan
Research team: Ella Karagulyan, Zara Harutyunyan, Margarita Zakaryan
Project Coordinator: Nina Iskandaryan
Date published: December 2011

The project is a sociological study of the involvement of women in local administration in Armenia which aims to identify incentives for and impediments to greater involvement of women in the system of local administration and evening out of gender misbalances in this sphere.


The Economy of the Countries in the South Caucasus during the Global Crisis

Authors: Harutyun Khachatryan, Hrant Mikaelyan
Date published: July 2011

The goal of the study was to reveal the peculiarities of the global crisis in internationally recognized countries of the South Caucasus: Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. In the era of globalization none of these countries could avoid the negative influence of the crisis. The study shows the consequences of the country for each country separately.


The Nationalist Discourse in Armenia

Author: Hrant Mikaelian
Research team: Ani Harutyunyan, Johnny Melikyan, Luiza Galanteryan
Editor: Nina Iskandaryan
Date published: June 2011

In this paper, we present the results of a study implemented by the Caucasus Institute from December 2010 to April 2011, with support from the South Caucasus Bureau of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Think Tank Fund of Open Society Foundations.


Armenia and Armenians, Turkey and Turks in Armenian Media

Author: Hrant Mikaelian
Editor: Nina Iskandarian
Research team: Ani Haroutyunyan, Ella Karagullyan, Arshaluys Mghdesyan, Johnny Melikyan, Arkady Movsessyan (data collect and processing)
Date published: April 2010

In this publication, we present the results of a project implemented by the Caucasus Institute with the support of the UNDP from January until March 2010. The aim of the project was to see how Armenia and Armenians, on one hand, and Turkey and Turks, on the other, were presented in the media coverage of the ongoing Armenia-Turkey rapprochement.


Media Environment and Attitudes to Media in Armenia

Authors: Evelina Gyulkhandanyan and Nina Iskandaryan
Research Team: Luisa Galanteryan, Arshaluys Mghdesyan, Ani Haroutyunyan (data collection), Hrant Mikaelyan (data processing and analysis)
Date published: March 2010

“Media Environment and Attitudes to Media in Armenia” is a sociological study. Its aim was to research the environment in which Armenian mass media operate and the factors that influence audience perceptions of mass media, media professionalism and the ability of the media to fulfill their social functions.


Tolerance in Armenian Mass Media:Television Monitoring

Author: Evelina Gyulkhandanyan
Date published: February 2009

The UNDP project on Tolerance in the Armenian Media: Pilot Monitoring implemented by the Caucasus Institute Foundation aimed at studying tolerance in Armenian mass media. The main objectives of the project were to develop a tolerance assessment tool for Armenian media, to reveal the most burning tolerance-related issues reflected in mass media, to raise the awareness of both the society and mass media to tolerance issues, and to encourage society to reflect on them.


Tolerance in Armenian Mass Media: Print and Electronic Media Monitoring

Author: Evelina Gyulkhandanyan
Date Published: 2009

The major objectives of the project has been to develop a tolerance assessment tool for Armenian media, to reveal the most burning tolerance-related issues reflected in mass media, to raise the awareness of both the society and mass media to tolerance issues, and to encourage the society to reflect on this problem.


Georgian-Armenian Expert Forum on Samtskhe-Javakheti

Date published: March 2008

This implementation report was carried out by Caucasus Media Institute and the Caucasus Institute for Peace Democracy and Development. It represents the main findings of the Georgian-Armenian forum. Namely, the main focus is on the main problems that may bring about a conflict in the region. The report includes a list of information towards peacеful settlement of the problem in line with the needs of local population.


Quality of Armenian TV and Radio Media

Authors: Nvard Melkonyan, Anna Zhamakochyan, Evelina Gyulkhandanyan
Date published: January 2007

The report presents the findings of the media monitoring carried out from June to July 2006. It summarizes the results of the third phase, including data analysis of radio and TV news monitoring on May-June 2006. Such aspects of media as the accuracy of the published information, news actuality, transparency and efficacy have received the lion share of the study.


Foreign Aid to Post-Soviet Armenia

Author: Harutyun Khachatryan, Ashot Khachatryan
Date published: Yerevan 2003

This paper analyses the nature and character of the humanitarian aid to post-Soviet Armenia. The goal of the study is to draw the qualitative and quantitative picture of the process of providing humanitarian aid to Armenia. Particularly, it aims at introducing the main donors, the peculiarities of Armenia as a recipient, as well as the role of the aid in the life of Armenia.

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