The Georgian and Armenian political crises show the pitfalls of two very different democratic transitions.
Anna Ohanyan is the Richard B. Finnegan distinguished professor of political science and international relations at Stonehill College, and a Non-Resid... ent Senior Scholar in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is the author of "Networked Regionalism as Conflict Management" (Stanford University Press, 2015) and editor of "Russia Abroad: Driving Regional Fracture in Post-Communist Eurasia and Beyond" (Georgetown University Press, 2018). Her most recent co-edited volume is "Armenia's Velvet Revolution: Authoritarian Decline and Civil Resistance in a Multipolar World" published in 2020, by Bloomsbury Press.
The pro-democracy movement in Belarus is facing challenges similar to the ones Armenians overcame just two years ago.
Armenia still has a long way to go to ensure consolidation of democracy and the rule of law.
Self-organising and deeply grass-root, the protest movement in Armenia has the potential of introducing genuine change.