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.
On April 16, 2017, Turkish citizens voted in a referendum that would give sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. With almost 99 percent of the ballots counted, Erdogan has claimed victory. What will this mean for Turkey's democracy in the coming years? Vahram Ter-Matevosyan explains.
Vahram Ter-Matevosyan writes that it is difficult to measure just how much the average Armenian was satisfied with the explanations the government provided about the scope of casualties and destruction during the April escalation. While the government was quick to praise the heroes of the war, it failed to punish those whose task it was to ensure the army was free of corruption allegations.
Armenia is situated in a volatile region with 80 percent of its borders sealed. This article by Vahram Ter-Matevosyan examines the foreign policy programs of the nine political parties and blocs running in the parliamentary elections.