This was not the Armenia Spring, nor was it a Color Revolution.
So what was it?
After two weeks of peaceful protests that led to the resignation of the prime minister and a re-start of Armenia’s democratic development, Armenia’s future is unclear.
Hope is mixed with trepidation, political novices and experts are busy reading the Constitution, to try to understand what is and is not possible. Old political powers are not letting go, even as new political actors are eager to take charge. The region and the world are watching.
Is the Diaspora a participant or an observer in Armenia’s future? What are the political and institutional mechanisms that will ease a transition that seems inevitable, but not defined?
Armenia’s newly elected Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan / Նիկոլ Փաշինյան and President Armen Sarkissian will also be joining the discussion remotely! In addition, a dozen experts from Armenia and around the world will join us on stage and remotely to share their expert opinions on the current events in Armenia and answer timely pressing questions:
• Professor Robert English, former director of USC’s School of international Relations
• Professor Daniel Mazmanian, former dean of USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
• Armen Grigoryan, political analyst and one of the leaders of the protest movement in Armenia
• David Usupashvili, former head of Georgia’s Parliament during the years after the Rose Revolution
• Professor Fayez Hammad, who teaches Middle East politics at USC
• Professor Anna Ohanyan from Stonehill College, about the challenges of state formation
• Professor Daron Acemoglu of MIT on societies looking for democratic transformation
• Dr. Bedros Terzian, economist and specialist of global energy security and markets
• Professor Katy Pearce on the role of social media in these protests and the governing that will follow, and
• Dr. Irina Ghaplanyan on the socio-economic and political conditions that enabled such mass protests.
• Edward Mouradian, seasoned lawyer and expert on judiciary reform in Armenia
• Journalists Emil Sanamyan and Grigor Atanesian will explore what comes next for the region, and for a society not accustomed to an absence of an opposition.