Series: COG

Yerevan Court Freezes Assets of and Journalist Davit Sargsyan on Tigran Avinyan’s Demand A Conversation with Ruben Melikyan



Episode 254 | Recorded on Thursday, May 13 2023



  • Aghavno / Berdzor
  • April 11 Azeri Aggression Near Tegh
  • Raising Flags
  • Azeri Infiltrations into Armenia

Episode 247 | Recorded: April 14, 2023

Naira Melikyan: Turned Away at Kornidzor Post | Ep 245 - Apr 7, 2023 [EP245]

Posted on Friday, Apr 7, 2023 | Category: Armenia, Artsakh, Politics | Series: cog


In this Conversations on Groong episode, we’ll be talking Naira Melikyan who shares troubling information from her attempt to travel to Artsakh via the newly built road passing by the village of Kornidzor. Armenian border guards turned away the Miasin group citing security concerns.

Episode 245 | Recorded: April 7, 2023

Benyamin Poghosyan - China Emerging on the Global Stage | Ep 244 - April 5, 2023 [EP244]

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 5, 2023 | Category: China, Politics | Series: cog



  • What agreements were reached between China and Russia?
  • What is the role of India in the new world order?
  • Consequence of moving away from a dollar-denominated global economic order?
  • China as peacemaker in Ukraine
  • China as peacemaker in the Middle East
  • China’s role in Iran and South Caucasus
  • How should Armenia navigate world order changes?

Episode 244 | Recorded: April 5, 2023



  • On March 7, the Georgian parliament voted into law a bill that would require political actors to clarify their foreign funding sources and their activities to lobby lawmakers with such funding. This ignited large protests in Tbilisi, and on March 9 the parliament agreed to rescind the law and to release arrested opposition members. We analyze the events and the outcome.

Episode 238 | Recorded: March 15, 2023

Anna Abrahamian: Munich Security Conference | Artsakh [EP230]

Posted on Friday, Feb 24, 2023 | Category: Armenia, Artsakh, Politics | Series: cog

Today we’re going to talk with Anna Abrahamian about two or three topics.

  • The Munich Security Conference 2023.
  • We’ll touch on Russian president Putin’s state of the federation address.
  • The latest political developments in Artsakh.


  • Anna Abrahamian, a geopolitical analyst who splits her time between Moscow and Athens. Having obtained training in international law, Anna has worked in such noteworthy institutions as the Defense Analyses Institute in Athens as well as the Crisis Group in Brussels. Today, Anna provides her analysis on geopolitics and Armenian politics to her followers on
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Artur Papyan: Cyber Laws and Threats in Armenia [EP229]

Posted on Friday, Feb 24, 2023 | Category: Armenia, Technology, Media | Series: cog

In this Conversations on Groong episode, we’ll be talking about the Internet censorship bill proposed in Armenia before the new year. We’ll also talk about the threat and activity of some Cyber spying malware in Armenia, such as the Israeli Pegasus software, which represents a threat to journalists and freedom of expression.


  • Censoring the Internet
  • Cyberthreats and Cyberspying in Armenia

Guest: Artur Papyan, malware researcher, digital security consultant, co-founder of CyberHub and director of the Media DIversity Institute.

Episode 229 | Recorded: February 24, 2023

Suren Sargsyan: Artsakh Under Blockade - Day 72 [EP228]

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023 | Category: Artsakh, Politics, 168am | Series: cog


  • Suren Sargsyan, founder and a President at the Armenian Center for American Studies, a research center based in Yerevan.

“Pashinyan’s participation in Munich Security Conference didn’t give anything to Armenia” - Suren Sargsyan


Today is day 72 of the total blockade of Artsakh. For 72 days, the 120K citizens of Artsakh have not had the ability to enter or exit their country. They are deprived of the ability to visit Armenia or to receive guests from Armenia. With very limited supplies, they are forced to ration food with the help of food stamps in order to survive.

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Karen Vrtanesyan: Catastrophe in Azat [EP214]

Posted on Monday, Jan 23, 2023 | Category: Armenia, Politics | Series: cog

Conversations on Groong - Jan 22, 2023

On January 19, 15 conscripts in the village of Azat, Armenia died in a fire that engulfed their temporary makeshift barracks.



  • Conditions in the Armenian Army
  • Information chaos following the incident
  • Beheading of the 2nd Army Corps

Episode 214 | Recorded: January 22, 2023