Alen Shadunts is a Ph.D. student at the University of Oxford, where he studies Iranian foreign policy towards the South Caucasus. His research interests include contemporary Iranian foreign policy as well as poststructuralism and discourse theories in International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis.
Prior to his doctoral program, Alen worked at the Open Society Foundations-Armenia as a civil society program coordinator. He has an MSc Degree in International Relations from London School of Economics and Political Science. Alen is also a graduate of the Master of Political Science and International Affairs program at the American University of Armenia.
Alen Shadunts writes that being democratic should not be a party ideology; democracy is a pre-existing bedrock condition, not an agenda for a particular government.
In Armenia, there are individuals with diverging views (i.e. liberals, nationalists, leftists, feminists), self-defined as being part of one group by the default of being opposed to the regime. But what happens when differences in the views and desires of people became visible and a plurality of visions regarding Armenia’s future emerges?