Dr. Karena Avedissian is a political scientist focused on social movements, new media, civil society, and security in the former Soviet Union, with an area focus on Russia and the Caucasus. She received her PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2015. Since then, she has worked as Research Fellow at the University of Southern California and the University of Birmingham on topics of comparative democracy and authoritarianism, state-building in Armenia, and state influence in the post-Soviet space. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, the Moscow Times, Open Democracy, Global Voices, Transitions Online, and Hetq. She is currently a lecturer at the American University of Armenia.
The dissolution of the Soviet Union, despite the mostly peaceful nature of the process itself, was followed by significant conflicts in a number of the newly independent states. Karena Avedissian looks at the territorial conflicts in the Caucasus.
International human rights defending organizations have been speaking in a language of “neutrality” which, in the context of the war crimes committed by Azerbaijan during and after the 2020 Artsakh War, is anything but objective, writes Karena Avedissian.
More than 27 million people globally have contracted COVID-19 and almost 900,000 have died. For this installment of “Understanding the Region,” we look at how the three countries of the South Caucasus have fared in their response to the pandemic.