After the collapse of the Soviet Union the countries of the West and  international financial organizations based on the western capitals  spent billions of dollars, provided technical and consulting assistance  to mold the developmental processes of newly independent countries. The  structural reforms which have lasted for more than a decade were to  resolve one issue only: to lead the former Soviet republics down a  predictable and "safe" road. Whether these reforms have been successful  is a question for another time...

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The child named "The Armenian Economy" is a chronic patient confined to bed. The weak immune system (the institutional structure), unplanned food ratio (tax policy) and the gastric ulcer (non-competitive, monopolistic markets) did their black deed. An unusual precedent: the blood pressure of the youth, who is not even 15 yet, is getting rather high (currency appreciation)...

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"The European Union is a family of the European democratic countries", and in light of the directive to develop a new world order, a significant role has been assigned to the Southern Caucasus. Given the new state of affairs, unprecedented issues regarding security, economy, and politics are evolving. These issues concern Armenia as well, and to address them, a process of developing an action plan has already been launched...

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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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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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