February 4, 2009
Although the Karabakh movement has counted 21 years already, the conflict between NKR and Azerbaijan remains unresolved. The proposals the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs submitted to the sides in Madrid in November 2007 did not satisfy the sides, specifically the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, as the basis of talks. On request of PanARMENIAN.Net, Mr. Bako Sahakyan, President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, comments on the current situation in NKR and Stepanakert's position on the settlement process.
January 20, 2009
The Nagorno Karabakh problem doesn't lose urgency in 2009. Despite optimistic statements by the international mediators, its resolution is still a long way off. The regional visit of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs and the impending meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents in Davos do not promise a breakthrough. PanARMENIAN.Net requested Ruben Zargaryan, historian and adviser to Foreign Minister of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, to comment on the current situation.
December 11, 2008
The European Union shows genuine interest in the South Caucasus and the five-day war in August is among the reasons. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili confessed of starting the war that cost Georgia too dear: NATO decided not to offer MAP to Georgia and Ukraine, the U.S. is changing its foreign policy trends. PanARMENIAN.Net requested Ivlian Khaindrava, director of South Caucasus programs at the Tbilisi-based center of development and cooperation, to comment on the current situation in Georgia.
December 1, 2008
The OSCE Minsk Group dealing with the Nagorno Karabakh conflict managed to prevent resumption of hostilities. The Moscow declaration signed by Presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia lays emphasis on confidence-building measures, although no result has been seen yet PanARMENIAN.Net requested Mr. Dennis Sammut, the Chair of the Executive Steering Committee of the Consortium Initiative, to comment on the current stage of the settlement process.
November 26, 2008
The countries claiming to increase their influence in the Caucasus have doubled attention to the Nagorno Karabakh problem. It first of all concerns Russia, which gains self-assurance after conclusion of the Moscow declarations. Turkey and Iran have also offered mediation. Former Deputy Foreign Minister of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, independent expert Masis Mayilyan comments to PanARMENIAN.Net on the regional developments.
November 25, 2008
The Armenian-Turkish relations are intensifying. Meetings between Foreign Ministers, joint seminars and conferences marked a thaw after a 70-year pause. Although the Turkish public is not prepared for discussion of some sensitive issues, a solution will be found one day. PanARMENIAN.Net requested Aybars Gorgulu, expert at Sabanci University and Assistant Program Director of TESEV Foreign Policy Program, to present his vision for the Armenian-Turkish relations.
November 11, 2008
The five-day war in Georgia and the landmark visit of Turkish President Abdullah Gul to Yerevan outlined a breakthrough in the Armenian-Turkish relations. More and more people in both Armenia and Turkey speak out for opening of the border that was blocked over the conflicy in Nagorno Karabakh. Sinan Ogan, Chair of the Turkish Center for International Relations and Strategic Analysis, comments to PanARMENIAN.Net on the prospects of the Armenian-Turkish relations.
October 6, 2008
Given the latest changes on the regional political map, the growing attention to the Caucasus is not surprising. Recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia's independence, Turkey's Caucasus Stability and Cooperation initiative and forthcoming presidential election in Azerbaijan are among the most topical issues. Senior lecturer at Saint-Petersburg State University, deputy editor at the Center of Oriental Studies, Ph.D. in history Alexander Sotnichenko comments on the situation to PanARMENIAN.Net.
September 30, 2008
The visit of Turkish President Abdullah Gul to Yerevan stirred up a wave of comments both in Armenia and abroad. There was certainly a feedback from American Armenians, who are mostly the heirs of Genocide survivors. Harut Sassounian, the publisher of The California Courier, the oldest independent English-language Armenian newspaper in the United States, presents his view to PanARMENIAN.Net.
September 26, 2008
The recent developments in the Caucasus caused a fundamental shift in geopolitics. Although painful for the United States, the world is becoming multipolar. Given the current financial crisis, this world power's economy is at the verge of collapse. Professor of Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, Dennis J. D. Sandole comments on the situation to PanARMENIAN.Net.