The show aims at reflecting back the situations and phenomena, the controversies of human and societal relationships that do not seem significant or actual at the first sight. However, they do leave their imprint on these very relationships and on the quality of our life.
Armenian-French cultural and political relations are extremely interesting. Fr. Haroutiun Bezdikian, member of the Mekhitarist Congregation in Venice, tells about the history of those relations, presenting interesting episodes.
Will Armenia be able to conduct a coherent foreign policy, adequately responding to external challenges? We discussed this and other issues related to this topic with Arman Melikyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, former Foreign Minister of the Republic of Artsakh.
The Rolan International Film Festival (14th) for Children and Youth will be held this year also, from November 6 to 10. During this period, films for children and youth will be screened in Yerevan and marzes of Armenia. The press secretary of the festival Karine Grigoryan presents what films will be shown, who will be the members of the jury, and many other interesting details.
The massive influx of Syrian Armenians into Armenia since 2011, as a result of the Syrian conflict, has shown that Armenia is not ready to provide organized immigration as well as to handle the integration problems of the immigrants systematically. These problems are dealt with in the study "Syrian Armenians in Armenia: The Areas of Integration" by Lusine Tanajyan, researcher at the Department of Diaspora, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, NAS RA.
The educational system of Armenia has many problems. How to overcome them? Susanna Mkrtchyan, Chairman of the Wikimedia Armenia NGO, knows from her own experience that it is possible to change the quality and philosophy of education and that Wikipedia can also do it. Enriching the Armenian Wikipedia with new articles, school teachers and students have an opportunity to work on their knowledge every day and educate through self-education.
As part of the 17th Summit of Francophonie organized in Armenia, the Matenadaran hosted an exhibition titled "Armenia-France: Centuries-Old Relations." According to some sources, the earliest testimonies of the relations between Armenia and France date back to the 4th century. The author of the exhibition, mathematician, Armenologist, historian Claude Mutafian, tells about the cultural and political relations of the two countries.
On October 2, the three factions of the National Assembly, the Republican Party, Tsarukyan Alliance and ARF, adopted а draft on amendments to the law on the NA Rules of Procedure. This was followed by a statement by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan that the early parliamentary elections will be held in December this year, and that he is going to resign in the coming days. Ara Papyan, the head of the Modus Vivendi Analytical Center, presents the dangers that may follow this resignation.
According to expert on political and electoral technologies Armen Badalyan, a change of power occurred in the state system, but what happened in people's brain was a revolution. And this revolution must be also entrenched by a rapid disbandment of the National Assembly.
Armenia celebrates Independence Day on September 21. Did Armenia gain her independence automatically after the fall of the USSR, or is it a status that was obtained with difficulty and great sacrifice? We discuss this and other questions with Artsakh War participant, Director of the Institute of Literature of NAS RA, Doctor of Philology Vardan Devrikyan.
Prime Minister N. Pashinyan stated the necessity of Artsakh to return to the negotiation process. Today there are no negotiations as such. Is the resource for the maintenance of the status quo exhausted or not? We talked about this and other issues with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Arman Navasardyan, the Head of the Department for World Politics and International Relations at the Armenian-Russian Slavic University.
On September 23, Yerevan Council of Elders will be elected. All previous state-level elections in Armenia were rigged. How will the upcoming elections be held; will voters again be guided not by candidates' programs, but by political sympathy or social rationality (electoral bribe)? Our guest is political scientist Saro Saroyan.
How unique are Armenian traditions and household culture and how harmonious are they with the traditions of other nations? From June 27 to July 8, Armenian household culture was presented in the USA by the joint efforts of the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography (Armenia) and the Smithsonian Institute. Cultural anthropologists Ruzanna Tsaturyan and Aghasi Tadevosyan share their interesting impressions.
After Nikol Pashinyan was elected Prime Minister, he visited Russia twice and met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On July 11-12, he visited Brussels to attend the NATO summit. Pashinyan himself assessed this visit as exploratory. How have political analysts assessed it? Our guest is Ruben Mehrabyan.
According to the Chairman of the Union of Greens Hakob Sanasaryan, the new authorities should prefer the right of healthy life on their own land for the citizens of Armenia to the expected income from the mining industry.
What message did the visit of the Russian State Duma deputies to Lele Tepe and their statement that "Azerbaijan's position on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict has always been constructive" tried to convey to us? We discussed this and other questions with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Arman Navasardyan.
The wave of the Armenian pan-national movement reached Artsakh, but after the statement of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan that he unconditionally supports the Artsakh authorities, the protests stopped. The former Foreign Minister of the Republic of Artsakh Arman Melikyan believes the wave of changes of Armenia will sooner or later reach Artsakh.
According to political scientist Levon Shirinyan, when speaking about the violation of the military balance between Armenia and Azerbaijan in favor of Azerbaijan, it is necessary to take into account that Armenia today has the most powerful weapon – legitimate authorities.
Expert on political and electoral technologies Armen Badalyan is sure that the parliamentary and extra-parliamentary forces need "rebranding" in order to be a success at the early parliamentary elections. Otherwise, only two-three forces may enter the National Assembly.
Nikol Pashinyan was elected Prime Minister of Armenia, having the support and trust of the overwhelming part of our people. What steps should the new government take to maintain and not wear out this trust? We talk on this topic with Styopa Safaryan, manager of the Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs.
The Come Home program and the efforts of the Ministry of Diaspora to collect $ 1,000 as a "personal debt" from each Diaspora Armenian can actually be considered a failure. What means can be used to make the communication between Armenia and the Diaspora more effective? The guest of our program is orientalist Araks Pashayan.
The first Republic of Armenia was proclaimed in 1918. Armenia managed to form institutions symbolizing statehood and create its national currency and regular army... However, the first republic could only exist for 2.5 years. In what conditions was it created and which were the reasons of its fall? Doctor of History, Professor Edik Minasyan is our today's guest.
According to political scientist Saro Saroyan, as long as the Republican Party, which doesn't have people's trust, has the majority of votes in the National Assembly, as long as the Special Investigation Service, the Prosecutor General, the mayor and other pillars of the former authorities continue to have levers of influence, the revolution cannot be considered completed.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who was elected on May 8, has already made new appointments. The Chief of RA Police Vladimir Gasparyan is replaced by Valery Osipyan and the Head of the NSC Georgi Kutoyan, by Artur Vanetsyan. These appointments have not been accepted by society equally well, especially the appointment of Valery Osipyan. Director of Modus Vivendi Center Ara Papyan talks on the new appointments and changes people expect from the Prime Minister.
On May 1, the National Assembly of the RA rejected the candidacy of the head of the Yelk faction, Nikol Pashinyan, for the post of Prime Minister. Former member of the Supreme Council and the National Assembly of Armenia, political scientist Vigen Khachatryan believes that the only reasonable solution of this political crisis is to vote in favor of the people's candidate, Nikol Pashinyan.
P.S. This talk was recorded on May 2, prior to the RPA's statement that Armenia will have a Prime Minister on May 8, the next day of the Prime Minister's election, and that RPA will not nominate its candidate.