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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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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