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.
Last week, Gyumri was in the national spotlight because of strikes and student demonstrations. At the heart of the matter was the Shirak State University, the rector and the merging of politics and education.
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.