Policy Briefs

CI Policy Briefs are short and informative analyses on  the nation’s most pressing domestic and foreign policy challenges. They synthesize existing research knowledge on a policy  and the rationale for choosing a particular policy alternative or course of action.

The Velvet Revolution in Armenia: How to Lose Power in Two Weeks

Author: Alexander Iskandaryan
Published in: Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization
Issue: Fall 2018

The leading American scientific journal on post-Soviet space Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization‘s October issue published CI Director Alexander Iskandaryan’s article on The Velvet Revolution in Armenia. 


Media coverage of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh

Author: Hrant Mikaelian, Nina Iskandaryan
Date: March 2018

Armenia still falls short of international standards of press freedom. The best that can be said about its media is that it is pluralistic, and, by regional standards, sustainable (see Media Sustainability Index by IREX). With the growing popularity of online media as a source of information, trust towards mass media remains low, with less than a third of the population trusting media and over a third, distrusting it, according to the CRRC Caucasus Barometer data. While there is no consistent quantitative data on the media of Nagorno-Karabakh, there is anecdotal evidence, corroborated by the data of this study, that it combines the shortcomings of Armenian media with issues typical for an unrecognized entity in the midst of a half-frozen ethnopolitical conflict (self-censorship, societal pressure, international isolation, shortage of resources, poor access to education etc.).


Perceptions of Prerequisites for Long-term Peace in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh

Author: Hrant Mikaelian
Date: March 2018

In the lack of a breakthrough in peace negotiations, tensions in the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh have been growing since the early 2000s, reaching their peak in April 2016. Media discourses and political campaigning in Armenia and Azerbaijan reflect ongoing deterioration of interethnic relations. A study conducted in 2017 by the Caucasus Institute with support from the UK Government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund aimed to collect and consolidate data on attitudes, perceptions and visions of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its resolution prospects among the civil society, expert community and general population of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.


Elections during Armistice: 2015 Parliamentary Elections in the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic

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Author: Masis Mayilian
Editors: Hrant Mikaelyan, Nina Iskandaryan
Date: May 2015

On May 3, 2015 the sixth elections to National Assembly were held in the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic. The 2015 elections to National Assembly of NKR of the sixth convocation were based on a new Electoral Code (EC) which had been brought in line with international standards, approved by the parliament on October 29, 2014 and signed by the president on November 18, 2014.


Migration of Population of Armenia: Economic Factors

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Author: Hrant Mikaelyan
Editors: Sergey Minasyan, Nina Iskandaryan
Date: March 2015

According to academic and social narratives, there are different reasons inducing migration, including political, economic, social and cultural factors. However, the timeline of biggest migration waves shows that the very economic factors mostly affect migration; increase of migration figures is detected during the periods of economic crises. This study will examine the interdependence between the economic factors and migration.


Armenia and Eurasian Union: From Cooperation to Integration

Author: Johnny Melikyan
Editors: Hrant Mikaelyan, Nina Iskandaryan
Date: February 2015

The February Policy Brief dedicates to one of the most important themes of external politics of Armenia – its integration in the Eurasian Economic Union, which started functioning from January 1, 2015.

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Armenia in the Context of the Ukrainian Crisis: a New Finlandization?


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Author: Sergey Minasyan
Editors: Hrant Mikaelyan, Nina Iskandaryan
Date: January 2015

The Ukrainian crisis has created a drastically new political situation, reflecting not only the history of the last decades of the former Soviet Union, but possibly the whole path of global politics since the Cold War on a global scale. Not a single political process, no corner of the former Soviet Union has managed to evade the effect of the Ukrainian events and precedents. This policy brief analyses implications of the Ukrainian crisis for the rest of the Post-Soviet space.


The Silent Guns of August: Why the Karabakh War Has Not Begun Anew

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Author: Sergey Minasyan
Editors: Hrant Mikaelyan, Nina Iskandaryan
Date: September 2014, 7 p.

The policy brief analyses the clashes that took place in early August 2014 along the military contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh and the borderline between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The policy brief offers an explanation of this fact within the paradigm of deterrence in the conflict zone, and discusses the potential impact of the clashes on the military and diplomatic confrontation.

Pre-Election Promises of Political Parties: Elections to the Parliament of Armenia on May 6, 2012

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Authors: Hrant Mikaelyan, Tatev Sargsyan, Nina Iskandaryan
Date:May 2012, 10 p.

This study targets programs of different political parties published online and printed within the framework of the campaign for parliamentary election in May, 2012. The goal was to assess whether the Armenian voter had the opportunity to make an informed choice in the election based on the parties’ promises and their media coverage.


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