Vahram Ter-Matevosyan is Assistant Professor at the American University of Armenia, he is also the Head of the Turkish Department at the Institute for Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. He has a Doctoral degree from the University of Bergen (Norway), MA in East and Southeast Asian Studies from Lund University (Sweden). He was Visiting Professor at Duke University, NC (2016), Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, CA (2009-2010) and Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2007). He authored an award-winning monograph “Islam in the Social and Political Life of Turkey, 1970-2001” in 2008 and co-authored “History of Turkish Republic” in 2014. He has published extensively in leading international peer-reviewed journals covering Turkish domestic and foreign policy as well as regional security problems.
Following a series of extraordinary events in Armenia that has come to be coined as the “Velvet Revolution,” it is now time to put emotions aside and begin the process of evaluating those events objectively and by applying several academic disciplines, writes Vahram Ter-Matevosyan.
Vahram Ter-Matevosyan writes about the political crisis that has gripped Armenia for three weeks now. He looks back at the special session of parliament that took place yesterday, which failed to elect a prime minister and explains why the Republicans would have served Armenia better if they had treated the matter with velvet gloves instead of an iron fist.
Armenia’s president signed a decree on March 1 announcing the controversial Armenian-Turkish protocols null and void. Now that the the protocols are a thing of the past, Vahram Ter-Matevosyan writes that the time has come to draw some lessons from an initiative that was long dead.