In case there is a viable political will in Armenia, the Electoral Code of the country provides a substantial basis for the conduct of elections, the results of which can accurately reflect the preferences of the constituencies and allow the formation of authorities enjoying the resource of citizen trust. This, however, does not guarantee a flawless election, for the process will continue to be influenced by factors such as the deficiency of competing ideologies and the requisite leaders, the poor legal consciousness and knowledge of the electorate, the incentives of the voters, which are almost entirely defined by the complex social conditions, and the unsatisfactory level of professionalism of those officially involved in the electoral procedures...

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"Are you involved in a dispute? Take it to court!" This statement can certainly be considered as one of the catchphrases of the new, more civilized existence. However, one needs to ask whether there is only one path to choose for resolving disputes...

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It is well-known that the major target group of mortgage financing is the people who are not top earners of income. This requires that there exist a strata of population who cannot afford real estate, although the present value of such real estate is within their means. Successful functioning of the mortgage market requires a confluence of three factors: the level of income of such social strata, the market value of real estate that is affordable to this category of people, and availability of financial resources within the economy at affordable rates and terms of maturity. With this in mind, the reality of the situation in Armenian is not encouraging...

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A nearly decade old cease-fire in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is differently commented on by the Armenians and Azerbaijanis. The situation is more perceived as a "bonus" by both sides. The Armenian side makes a positive assessment of the situation, conditioned with the fact that this new generation of Nagorno Karabakh has no idea of how it is to live as a part of Azerbaijan. Eventually, as a new state progresses, it will have its definite role in a possible resolution while, at the same time, realizing that Azerbaijan takes all possible steps to mitigate it.

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Apparently Armenia has its own place in the struggle against terrorism. Since our country has taken certain positions concerning anti-terrorism policy, Armenia's direct participation in international coalitions, particularly the one in and around Iraq, is an awkward issue to ponder. One thing is obvious enough: whether 2, 30, 50 or even hundreds of troops are going to be deployed is not important - this step is a signal.

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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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Practical Guide on Providing Orientation to New MPs

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