Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Project Director of Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, presented the results of the Global Corruption Barometer 2016 during the press conference held at Media Centre on November 16.
The main Armenian lobbying organizations maintained neutrality during the USA presidential elections and did not support any candidate. Now when Donald Trump is elected as the US president, the Armenian organizations try to understand the foreign policy approaches of Trump who has little political experience and to elaborate on approaches to work with the Republican administration in the White House.
“It is not important for whom the American people vote, it is important for them to be their choice’’. Stepan Grigoryan, Chairman of Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC), Political Scientist, expressed this point of view during the discussion at Media Center.
Media Center hosted a discussion today about the USA presidential elections held on November 8, with the participation of Vardan Khachatryan, Political Scientist, Former MP, Suren Sargsyan, Researcher and Political scientist at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Haik Martirosyan, Doctor of Political Scientist.
The proposal of "Gazprom Armenia" company about reducing the gas prices looks like a short-term pre-election campaign and prices may rise again in July next year. On the other hand, the burden of reducing the tariffs for Armenia in terms of 105 thousand needy families will be at the expense of the state budget, and this is not a real gas price decrease, but just a change of a payer.
Today, on the international day of stopping the impunity of crimes against journalists, the Media Center hosted a discussion on ''Violence against Journalists and Violations of Rights in Armenia: Reference to 2016''.
Although the negotiations on a new framework agreement between Armenia and the European Union are in a quite dynamic process, experts are anxious that Russia-West intensifying contradictions and the possible improper quality of next year's parliamentary elections in Armenia can have a bad impact on Yerevan-Brussels negotiation process.
RA Government program, Tax Code adopted recently, general administration and real economic claims do not correlate to one another. The economy requires non-standard approaches, concrete measures, the government stipulates it to some extent in its program, but the human resources changes and the planned fiscal policy are not conducive to solve that problem. Ashot Khurshudyan, an economist, said this during the discussion at Media Center on October 25.
Russia is on the threshold of a deep economic crisis and political isolation, therefore it does its best to improve relations with Turkey, it is a breakthrough for it: Ara Papyan, chairman of “Modus Vivendi” centre and diplomat, said during the discussion at Media Center.
The session of CSTO Collective Security Council, held on October 14 in Yerevan, showed that there are profound disagreements between the allies. It is evidenced by the fact that the fate of adopting the CSTO statement on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was still uncertain, and the representative of Armenia was not approved in the post of the Secretary General of the Organization, as it was anticipated according to the rotation principle of the CSTO Charter.
The main players of the Armenian political field act in the frame of pre-electoral phase though a couple of days have passed after the local self-government elections and there is more than half a year for the parliamentary elections. New political players emerge, and the main topic of discussions is the parliamentary elections to be held in 2017. Political scientists spoke about this during the discussion at Media center.
Discrimination is the biggest problem not only for individuals who face discrimination, but also for the whole society: the members of the coalition "Fight against Discrimination and for Equality" announced during the discussion on October 10 at Media Center, emphasizing that there is no anti-discrimination law in the country.