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Asbed Bedrossian

Asbed Bedrossian

Hovik Manucharyan

Hovik Manucharyan

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Topics:

  • Police Brutality, Violence & Repressions
  • Armenia Azerbaijan Talks
  • Armenia Russia Relations

Episode 337 | Recorded: June 17, 2024 Read More

๐€๐๐/๐†๐ซ๐จ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐–๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ - ๐‰๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Topics Covered:

  • Supreme Judicial Council Appointments
  • Turkish-Azerbaijan Military Exercises in Kars Region
  • Incoming US Secretary of State Tony Blinken on Armenia

Guests

  • ๐€๐ซ๐š๐ฆ ๐‡๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง
  • ๐€๐ฌ๐›๐ž๐ ๐Š๐จ๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ค๐ข๐š๐ง
  • ๐„๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ ๐’๐š๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐ฒ๐š๐ง

Your Hosts:

  • ๐€๐ฌ๐›๐ž๐ ๐๐ž๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐š๐ง
  • ๐‡๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐ค ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐ฎ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ฒ๐š๐ง

Website: https://groong.org/podcasts/WiR-20210124.html Episode 45 | Recorded on January 24, 2021

๐Ž๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐“๐š๐ฅ๐ค๐ฌ - ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‡๐‡๐Š/๐‘๐๐€โ€™๐ฌ ๐€๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐€๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐ฒ๐š๐ง - ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Following the trilateral Karabakh ceasefire of Nov 9, all major political forces in Armenia (be that parliamentary or extra-parliamentary, except for the ruling party) condemned Nikol Pashinyanโ€™s agreement to the deal.

The Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has been in control of successive governments (sometimes through coalitions) for over two and a half decades. The party lost its prominence in the December 2018 elections but remained a vocal extra-parliamentary opposition.

Today weโ€™re joined by:

๐€๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐€๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐ฒ๐š๐ง, who is the vice

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๐€๐๐/๐†๐ซ๐จ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐–๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ - ๐‰๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Topics Covered:

  • Outcomes from Nikol Pashinyanโ€™s trip to Moscow
  • What is Azerbaijanโ€™s geo-political situation after the war?
  • Domestic politics in Baku
  • Azerbaijanโ€™s losses from the second war in Artsakh

Guests

  • ๐„๐๐ ๐š๐ซ ๐„๐ฅ๐›๐š๐ค๐ฒ๐š๐ง
  • ๐€๐ฌ๐›๐ž๐ ๐Š๐จ๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ค๐ข๐š๐ง
  • ๐„๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ ๐’๐š๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐ฒ๐š๐ง

Your Hosts:

  • ๐€๐ฌ๐›๐ž๐ ๐๐ž๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐š๐ง
  • ๐‡๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐ค ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐ฎ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ฒ๐š๐ง

Website: https://groong.org/podcasts/WiR-20210117.html Recorded: January 17, 2021

Former Artsakh Ombudsman Ruben Melikyan (Ep #42) - 01/18/2021 [EP42]

Posted on Monday, Jan 18, 2021 | Series: cog

Former Artsakh Ombudsman Ruben Melikyan - 01/18/2021

Weโ€™ll be discussing various legal and human-rights topics within the context of recent developments in Armenia.

Guest:

  • ๐‘๐ฎ๐›๐ž๐ง ๐Œ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ฒ๐š๐ง was formerly Artsakhโ€™s Human Rights Ombudsman and prior to that rector of the Justice Academy of Armenia. In 2019, Melikyan co-founded and currently leads the โ€œPath of Lawโ€ NGO.

Topics:

  • Why are there Armenian POWs still in Azerbaijan so long after the Nov. 9 ceasefire agreement?
  • On Constitutional Court judges being forced to resign
  • On Parliamentโ€™s endorsement of Gagik Jahangiryanโ€™s appointment to the
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Conversation with Aram Vardevanyan (Ep #41) - 01/13/2021 [EP41]

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 | Series: COG

๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐€๐ซ๐š๐ฆ ๐•๐š๐ซ๐๐ž๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐š๐ง - ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Since Nikol Pashinyan came to power in 2018, and prior to the Artsakh war of 2020, issues around the Armenian constitution and constitutional court have been in the center of public attention. These issues have been partly fueled by one of the most prominent legal cases in recent Armenian history, the March 1 trial against Armenian president Robert Kocharyan and military leadership at the time. We’ll explore issues surrounding the March 1 case, as well as legal and specifically constitutional questions related to the Nov. 9 ceasefire

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๐€๐๐/๐†๐ซ๐จ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐–๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐‘๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ๐„๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐๐ž ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ - ๐‰๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

Topics Covered:

  • The State of the Opposition and their demands
  • Update on the Border Positions between Armenia & Azerbaijan
  • The State of the Line of Contact around Artsakh

Guests

  • ๐€๐ฌ๐›๐ž๐ ๐Š๐จ๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ค๐ข๐š๐ง
  • ๐†๐ž๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ž ๐“๐š๐›๐š๐ค๐ข๐š๐ง

Your Hosts:

  • Asbed Bedrossian
  • Hovik Manucharyan

Website: https://groong.org/podcasts/WiR-20210110.html Recorded: January 10, 2021

Conversation with My Step's Maria Karapetyan (Ep #39) - 01/08/2021 [EP39]

Posted on Friday, Jan 8, 2021 | Series: COG

๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐’๐ญ๐ž๐ฉ’๐ฌ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐š ๐Š๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ๐š๐ง - ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ/๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ–/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

As protesters in the streets of Yerevan continue demanding the resignation of PM Nikol Pashinyan in the aftermath of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, the ruling My Step faction seems to be firmly on the side of the prime minister.

In the last week or so here at Groong we hosted representatives of various opposition parties and today we will host a representative from the ruling My Step faction to talk about the ongoing political crisis in Armenia.

Today weโ€™re joined by:

๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐š ๐Š๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ๐š๐ง, who is a member of the National Assembly with

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๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ง ๐๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ฒ ๐Œ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ˆ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง (๐„๐ฉ #๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ–) - 01/03/2021

๐€๐ฌ๐›๐ž๐ ๐Š๐จ๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ค๐ข๐š๐ง is an associate professor of political science and international relations at the American University of Armenia, where he teaches courses on post-Soviet space and the Middle East.

Talks with

๐€๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ค ๐€๐ง๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐จ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐š๐ง is the Partnerships and Development Finance Advisor to the UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia, and has served as the Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia. She co-founded and was the Executive Director of the Institute of Public Policy think tank in Yerevan.

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Since the end of the first Nagorno-Karabakh war in 1994 and for over quarter of a century, Armenia has engaged in diplomatic activity with Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia and the West. The aim of those diplomatic initiatives was to find a solution to the conflict by engaging in direct diplomatic negotiations as well as track two diplomacy.

In September 2020, diplomatic initiatives gave way to a military one resulting in a war that reversed Armeniaโ€™s military successes and led to the signing of a cease-fire agreement which completely undermined Armeniaโ€™s position vis-a-vis Azerbaijan and Turkey.

To

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