Views & Interviews

Russian, American and Azerbaijani intentions discussed with Dashnaktsutyun reps

Russian Railways’ plans In an interview with the daily Aravot on August 6, Ara Nranyan a member of the ARF-D faction in the Armenian parliament said, “The leadership of the South Caucasus Railways (SCR) and Russian Railways has close ties to Azerbaijan’s political elite.” According to the parliamentarian the SCR is pursuing the creation of…

Armenia’s Government introduces an unfair income tax

By Professor Ara Khanjian About a month ago, the National Assembly decided to privatize the pension system and adopted an extreme version of a private pension model, where 100% of employee pension payments will be allocated to private individual pension accounts. Along with the pension system, the National Assembly also radically changed the income tax…

The Hague decision, an excellent opportunity

On July 22 the International Court of Justice at The Hague recognized Kosovo’s independence as legal. In an interview with “Capital” the ARF-D’s director of International Secretariat Giro Manoyan noted that the decision presents an excellent opportunity to further intensify activities for the recognition of Artsakh. Manoyan believes that the logic behind the declaration of…

Implications for Armenia of the new Russian-Turkish partnership

ARF-D Political Affiars Director Giro Manoyan explains YEREVAN (ArmInfo)–As Russian and Turkish leaders express their readiness to develop a strategic partnership, Armenian leaders are considering what the implications of such a partnership would mean to the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh. ARF Bureau Political Affairs Director Giro Manoyan says Russia is…

Solidarity in Globalization – Reflections on Challenges to the Swedish Model

Presentation by at the Conference “Socialist Approaches to Armenia’s Challenges: Global Perspectives and Local Realities” organized by the ARF-Dashnaktsutyun (Armenian socialist party), Yerevan, March 25 2010 Your Excellencies, Unger, ungerouhiner, Shad ourach yev hebard yem vor Hayasdanoum em tzez hed aysor- genoches yev zavgis badmagan hayrenikoum. It is with great honour and a lot of…

Transition to Democracy: Women in the CIS 15 Years After Beijing

By MARIA TITIZIAN Socialist International Vice President ARF-Dashnaktsutyun (Armenia) Beijing + 15 – What Next? Fifty-Fourth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations, New York, 1 – 12 March 2010 Panel discussion hosted by the Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations in cooperation with the Socialist International Women…

Pension reform in Armenia will further widen the gap between the rich and the poor

ArmInfo. Interview with professor of economics at Ventura College, California, Ara Khanjian Ara Khanjian has represented the ARF-Dashnaktsutyun in the Socialist International Committee on Economic Policy, Labour and National Resources Do you share the concern of Armenian authorities on aging of the population in the next few years, which will challenge the State’s capacity of…

Strengthening Social Democracy in the Black Sea Region

Maria Titizian Vice President, Socialist International ARF-Dashnaktsutyun, Armenian socialist party IUSY BSAC Leaders’ Conference “Committed to making changes” 4 – 6 December, 2009, Kiev, Ukraine The problem with strengthening social democracy in the region is the deficit or absence of democracy itself primarily in the post-Soviet republics, including some in the Black Sea region. In…