by Emil Danielyan

The forthcoming visit to Armenia by NATO Secretary-General George Robertson is an opportunity to ascertain the Alliance's aims and interests in this region. Nine years after becoming independent, the three republics of the South Caucasus are faced with an insecure and at times harsh geopolitical reality. The existing regional order, if there is any, leaves them vulnerable to external pressure, creating a deep sense of insecurity. For Georgia and Azerbaijan, the main threat is posed by Russia, which they say continues to regard the area as a zone of its exclusive influence. Armenia's security concerns are primarily related to Turkey and Azerbaijan, while Russia is in no way seen as a threat to its independence...

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by Hayk Simonian

In spring 2000 the Center for European Political Studies introduced the Caucasus stability pact project, which was presented as to the South Caucasus leaders, international organizations (e.g., OSCE) and different conferences, as well as to a wider public discussions, as it was placed in the Center's web-cite. www.ceps.be

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by Vartan Marashlian

Armenia has had very low inflation (decreasing year after year) for almost 4 years, stable domestic currency, average level of budget deficit and GDP growth. This is considered proof that reforms are going in the right direction and financial stability has been achieved, an efficient market economy has been created and all preconditions for strong economic growth and investment flow to Armenia have been established. But what we see now in reality is strong economic stagnation, very low levels of investment activity, acute social problems and problems of poverty, which go contrary to what one of the major official macroeconomic indicators show - permanent GDP growth from year to year.

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by Emil Danielyan

As recently as a decade ago they made up one of the most prosperous and attractive parts of the former Soviet Union, with a strong sense of national identity and rich cultural heritage. The post-Soviet period has been long enough for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to establish themselves as independent states deciding their fate. Each has gone a long way in building its own statehood.

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Conducting Qualitative Research on Domestic Violence in Armenia (CQRDVA)

Violence against women is one of the worst forms of violation of human rights prevalent all over the world. Women face gender-based violence (GBV) in workplaces, educational institutions, rural and urban communities. They are exposed to GBV irrespective of their ethnic or religious background, social status, economic standing, age, or other condition. The violence is particularly rampant when it occurs at home, a place where women are supposed to be provided with safe family environment.

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Monitoring of Online Print Media on Sex Selection in Armenia

The current policy brief aimed at analyzing the monitored online print media outlets in cases when they covered the topic of sex selection and articles that were broadly linked to the value of girls and women. The content of web-based media outlets have been scrutinized to identify any statements or reporting that could have had distorted, untruthful or prejudicial elements against women or men. All these aspects were separately analyzed quantified and also handpicked, allowing analyzing the level of stereotypical reporting either as a media intention or as an absence of intention, leading to unobstructed penetration of prejudicial statements widely circulated in the society and back by reinstating the current state of the affairs.

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