Demokratizatsiya

Journal covering past and current political, economical, social, and legal changes and developments in the Soviet Union and its successor states.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 2, Spring

Dual Citizenship Debates in Armenia: In Pursuit of National Identity since Independence
Abstract: Dual citizenship has been a highly contested issue in Armenia since independence. Contesting perceptions of Armenian national identity have largely contributed to diverging policies on dual citizenship. On the one hand, pragmatists have emphasized...
Economic Challenges Faced by the New Armenian State
Abstract: In the past fifteen years Armenia has experienced profound economic changes. This article will trace the economic development of Armenia, from the collapse of the Soviet Union until now, and make recommendations on the reforms that need to...
Economic Reform and War: Interview with Hrand Bagratyan
Former Armenian Prime Minister Hrand Bagratyan discusses his tenure in office and his leadership in the transformation of Armenia's economy from the Soviet centrally planned command structure to a free market system, the difficulties encountered, and...
From Post-Soviet Studies to Armenianology
Abstract: Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, numerous studies on its former republics have been published. Armenia is no exception. In this article, I analyze the development of literature and published material on Armenia studies. Although this...
From Ter-Petrossian to Kocharian: Explaining Continuity in Armenian Foreign Policy, 1991-2003
Abstract: This article is a study of Armenian foreign policy since independence, as a major component and requirement of national sovereignty. I argue that despite the replacement of the first administration by its opponents in 1998, the most relevant...
Introduction
Preparing this special issue of Demokratizatsiya on the Republic of Armenia presented two major challenges. First, the analysis of the transformation process needed to be as free from the vagaries of journalistic sensationalism and the most circumstantial...
MacroInstitutional Political Structures and Their Development in Armenia
Abstract: Semipresidentialism as a political phenomenon was quite rare fifteen to twenty years ago. Since the late 1980s and early 1990s, more than forty countries have adopted semipresidential features in their constitutions. In this article I will...
Redefining Armenian National Security
Abstract: The states of the South Caucasus share an underlying set of challenges, ranging from the imperatives of reform to the impediments of unresolved conflict. For Armenia, geographically landlocked and subject to blockade, national security is...
The Armenian Media in Context: Soviet Heritage, the Politics of Transition, Democracy, and the Rule of Law
Abstract: This article considers why the media industry has failed to promote democracy in post-Soviet Armenia. It attempts to explain why the media have been consistently unable to bring socially significant information into the public domain, and...
The Nagorno-Karabakh Settlement Revisited: Is Peace Achievable?
Abstract: The twelve years of negotiations on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, since the May 12, 1994, cease-fire, have failed to produce any tangible results. The key issues of contention pertain not only to the final status of Nagorno-Karabakh,...
The Politics of Independence and Transition: Interview with Ara Sahakyan
Former deputy speaker of the Armenian Parliament answers questions on political developments in Soviet Armenia that led to indpendence, a legislative process, economic transformation problems, and democratization in a time of war. Sahakyan assesses...
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