Dr. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan is Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science and International Affairs Program at the American University of Armenia. He specializes in Foreign and Security Policies of Turkey and the South Caucasus states. He has received his Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Bergen (Norway), Master’s degree from Lund University (Sweden), Candidate of historical sciences degree from the Institute of Oriental Studies (Armenia). He was Visiting Professor at Duke University, NC (2016), Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, (2009-2010) and Visiting Doctoral Student at the University of Washington, Seattle (2005). He has authored two monographs: "Turkey, Kemalism, and the Soviet Union: Problems of Modernization, Ideology and Interpretation," New York & London. Palgrave Macmillan 2019; an award-winning monograph "Islam in the Social and Political Life of Turkey, 1970-2001," Yerevan, Limush, 2008; and co-authored "History of the Turkish Republic," Yerevan State University Press, 2014 (reprinted in 2019). His research articles have been published in the following peer-reviewed journals: “Nations and Nationalism,” “Europe-Asia Studies,” “Turkish Studies,” “Middle Eastern Studies”, “Insight Turkey”, “Eurasian Geography and Economics,” “Turkish Review,” “Caucasus Survey,” “Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies,” “Iran and the Caucasus,” “Diaspora Studies,” “Études Arméniennes Contemporaines,” “Caucasus Analytical Digest,” “Contemporary Eurasia” etc.
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.