Richard Giragosian


Armenian hostage standoff and political implications

The violent act of hostage-taking is a manifestation of significant discontent within Armenia.


Nagorno-Karabakh: The death of diplomacy

Renewed fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh risks becoming an opportunity for Russian involvement in the region.


Just the threat of a dirty bomb

New deadly radiological weapons pose new challenge to under-funded, unprepared security services in South Caucasus.


Is war imminent in the Caucasus?

Beyond the headlines of war in Syria and Ukraine, a surge in fighting in the South Caucasus has renewed fear of war.


Resurgent Russia takes on tenacious Turkey

From Ukraine to Syria, Russia is determined to confront and contain the West.


Turkey-Russia: The inevitable clash of the titans

The domestic context of this crisis offers political dividends that only deepen division and encourage escalation.

War & Conflict

War looms in the South Caucasus

A recent upsurge in fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh serves Russian interests and shows the dangers of war by accident.


Armenia as a bridge to Iran? Russia won't like it

No matter how attractive Armenia might be as a bridge for re-engaging Iran, the real obstacle is Russia.


Armenians have lost faith in Russia

Unrest in Armenia reflects a renewed sense of outrage over Russia's arrogance towards this small, landlocked country.


This is not Armenia's Maidan moment - yet

Armenia protests represent much more than a display of anger over an energy price rise.


The other Minsk mediation

Beyond eastern Ukraine, another simmering conflict threatens to erupt - Nagorno-Karabakh.


Armenia-Turkey: War of words

As Armenian genocide centenary approaches, there are testy exchanges between Ankara and Yerevan.