Episode 197 | Recorded: January 3, 2023
Hovik, since you’ve been interviewing analysts and politicians for the past 2 weeks, on the topic of the Artsakh Blockade, can you share your impressions from these conversations?
Once again this week rumors flared up that Putin is pressuring Armenia to join the so-called “Union State” that currently consists of Russia and Belarus. This round was set off by the secretary of the Armenian national security council, Armen Grigoryan. For a day or so the entire ruling party was buzzing with this news, but Russia vehemently denied the report and slammed the provocative remarks.
Even Civil Contract parliamentarians have said that the government has not reported to them that such requests have been put to Armenia.
The Ministry of Justice is pushing a bill to allow the government to censor and block information on the Internet in Armenia, during war or martial law. The MoJ said that the draft bill is in response to Pashinyan’s demand to ensure the government’s powers during a martial law situation.
It’s alarming how many times the government has pushed forward laws to limit freedom of speech and information, despite western NGOs and also governments open disapproval.
Alright, let’s take an incomplete look back at 2022, and have each of us pick a highlight of the year, and a lowlight of the year.
Now, I’m going to be OK if you decide that the service at some restaurant, or a vacation you took was your highpoint, or low point, but in reality I’m looking for reflections from the news we have read all year.
Lowlight EVERYTHING IN 2022!
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Dr. Benyamin Poghosyan is the Chairman of the Yerevan based think tank Center for Political and Economic Strategic Studies. He has served as the vice president for research and head of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense Research University in Armenia. Dr. Poghosyan was a Distinguished Research Fellow at the US National Defense University College of International Security Affairs. He is a graduate from the US State Department Study of the US Institutes for Scholars 2012 Program on US National Security Policy Making. He holds a PhD in history and is a graduate from the 2006 Tavitian Program on International Relations at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Hovik Manucharyan is an information security engineer who moved from Seattle to Armenia in 2022. He co-founded the ANN/Groong podcast in 2020 and has been a contributor to Groong News since the late 1990s.
Asbed is founder of Groong and co-founder of the ANN/Groong podcast.