Series: COG

A Conversation with Narek Margaryan (Ep 63) - 05/25/2021 [EP63]

Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | Series: COG

A Conversation with Narek Margaryan - 05/25/2021


Narek Margaryan is an Armenian comedian, screenwriter and TV host. Along with his co-host Sergey Sargsyan, Narek stars in ArmComedy, a satiric news show series broadcast on Armenian television and on Youtube.


Hovik Manucharyan Asbed Bedrossian

Episode 63 | Recorded: April 25, 2021

Armenians at Crossroads - 04/17/2021


  • The Last Few Years in Armenian Politics
  • Thoughts on the Second War in Artsakh
  • What is the Role of the Diaspora?
  • How do we get back on our Feet?
  • Thoughts on the Current Rift in the ARF


  • Dr. Viken Hovsepian holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA, and an MA and PhD in International Relations from USC. He has served on the ARF Dashnaktsutyun Bureau, the highest executive body of the Organization, and has been a member, and chairman of the ARF Western US Central Committee. In 2019, he helped establish the Pan Armenian Council in the Western
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๐€๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐š’๐ฌ ๐„๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ - ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ


  • Was it an Earthquake?
  • Have Construction Codes Improved since 1988?
  • Do Contractors Comply with Regulations?
  • Is Armenia Ready for The Big One?
  • Is there Earthquake Preparedness in Armenia?
  • What Conversations are not Happening?


  • ๐ƒ๐ซ. ๐€๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ƒ๐ž๐ซ ๐†๐ข๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ก๐ข๐š๐ง is a structural and civil engineering professor at UC Berkeley with research focus on earthquake engineering. He is a co-founder and was president of the American University of Armenia from 2014 until 2019.


  • ๐€๐ฌ๐›๐ž๐ ๐๐ž๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐š๐ง

Website: Episode 50 | Recorded: February 19, 2021

Armenian IT Security and Readiness During Wartime - with Ruben Muradyan - Jan. 31, 2021

Experience being called up and participating in the war

Ethics of a security professional. What to do when a government member asks you to conduct greyhat (potentially unlawful or unethical) security?

On the 2nd day of the war Ruben was called up to the army as part of an infantry company.

  • Can you describe your experience?
  • How were you drafted? And where did you serve?
  • What specialty did you have in the army?
  • What can you tell us about what you saw?
  • Why did we lose the war?

Cyber Incidents During Artsakh

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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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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.


  • 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.


  • 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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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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