Armenian News Network - Groong: Week In Review Podcast

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Weekly review of Armenian News from https://groong.org.Keeping up with news related to Armenia and Armenians can be challenging: the sheer volume of news in the past few years has increased greatly, and along with that volume, we’ve seen the rise of the “Fake News” phenomenon contributing to the erosion of trust in the news media.The diversity of languages used by the worldwide Armenian community also poses a challenge for Armenian news; there is a significant portion of news that originates in Armenian, sometimes in Russian, and does not get adequately translated into English, or Western Armenian, for those in the Diaspora who are not proficient in Eastern Armenian. Finally, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the political turbulence in countries where significant communities of the Armenian Diaspora reside, be it Syria, Lebanon, the United States, etc., many of our friends and colleagues indicate that they’re simply overloaded with information and lack the time and energy to separate the good from the bad. So we’re creating this weekly digest of news and analysis that we find relevant to share with our friends and the wider ANN/Groong audience. Our goal is to provide a brief overview of the main headlines of the past week, and then cover a smaller set of the more important developments, curated by ANN/Groong editors and contributors who spend an inordinate amount of time daily to process Armenian news. We hope that over time this podcast will help our listeners in becoming more astute consumers of Armenian news. We will strive to provide a rich set of notes with each installation, with links to the most relevant articles and information as a starting point for your further investigation.

All Episodes

ANN/Groong Week in Review - November 21, 2021Topics:Russia-NATO escalationBorder escalationGoodbye Moscow, Hello Brussels!Protests in YerevanGuests:Pietro ShakarianHosts:Hovik Manucharyan TW/@HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian TW/@qubriqEpisode 103 | Recorded: Monday, November 22, 2021

Nov 23

43 min 3 sec

State of the Armenian EconomyA Conversation with Vardan Aramyan - November 21, 2021The war initiated by Azerbaijan in the fall of 2020, amid the pandemic, further complicated an already complex economic situation in Armenia. And as the world economy recovers from Covid-19 related shocks, we wanted to understand Armenia’s own post-war and post-covid-19 economic situation.It is not an easy task to separate the wheat from the chaff of economic analysis given the highly polarized post-war Armenia, where many things in life are viewed through the lens of political affiliation, but we’ll attempt to do just that with our guest.GuestTo talk about the state of the Armenian economy we have a special guest today:Mr. Vardan Aramyan is the former Minister of Finance of the Republic of Armenia from 2016-2018. He is currently Senior Vice President for Finance and Economy at Vallex Group in Yerevan. Topics: - 2022 Budget and Economic Growth - Growth Sectors - Inflation - Corridor Economics - ArtsakhSee the extensive show notes on our website.Hosts:Hovik Manucharyan TW/@HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian TW/@qubriqEpisode 102 | Recorded on Saturday, November 19, 2021

Nov 21

1 hr 1 min

Talking with Alison Tahmizian MeuseA veteran journalist who has recently shifted gears and also moved to the homeland.Alison Meuse is a graduate of the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She is a French and Arabic speaker, and a veteran Middle East journalist, having worked over the past decade as a producer, correspondent and editor for major international publications including Agence France-Presse, NPR, and the Asia Times. She currently serves as a strategic advisor for the New Delhi-based consultancy DeepStrat and is newly based in Yerevan.Topics: - Intro to Alison- War in Artsakh- Twitter- Media Freedoms in ArmeniaHosts:- Asbed Bedrossian TW/@qubriq- Katia Peltekian TW/@HovikYerevanEpisode 100: Recorded on Monday, November 15, 2021

Nov 17

1 hr 5 min

ANN/Groong Week in Review - November 7, 2021Topics:Armenia under wide scale attacks by AzerbaijanBorder PoliticsAzerbaijan Returns to the OSCE MGMunicipal elections Over the Past WeekendGuests:Arthur Martirosyan TW/@ArtMart96Hosts:Hovik Manucharyan TW/@HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian TW/@qubriqEpisode 101 | Recorded: Monday, November 16, 2021

Nov 17

50 min 53 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - November 7, 2021Topics:The War in Artsakh, One Year LaterErika Olson visits the South CaucasusInternal political developmentsGuests:Benyamin Poghosyan TW/@Benyamin_PoghosHosts:Hovik Manucharyan TW/@HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian TW/@qubriqEpisode 99 | Recorded: Monday, November 8, 2021

Nov 9

54 min 57 sec

The State of Affairs in LebanonA Conversation with Dr. Ohannes Geukjian and Vera YacoubianTopics:A year after the Beirut Explosion, what’s the state of investigations?Has Anyone been held Accountable?Who are the Internal and External Players in Lebanon?What’s the State and Future of the Armenian Community in Lebanon?Guests:Dr. Ohannes GeukjianVera YacoubianHosts:Asbed Bedrossian TW/@qubriqKatia Peltekian TW/@KatiaPeltekianEpisode 98: Recorded on Saturday, November 6, 2021

Nov 8

52 min 8 sec

Save Armenian MonumentsA Conversation with Virginia Davies and Heghnar WatenpaughTopics:One year after the War in Artsakh, the State of Armenian Monuments in Lands turned over to AzerbaijanWhat is Save Armenian Monuments?The Significance of Pilgrimage and Holy SitesArmenia and Azerbaijan at the International Court of Justice - Is Intentional Cultural Destruction a form of Racial Discrimination?What Next Steps?Guests:Virginia Davies TW/@vdaviesnycHeghnar Watenpaugh TW/@HeghnarWHosts: - Simon Maghakyan TW/@simonforcoEpisode 97: Recorded on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Nov 3

36 min 41 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - October 31, 2021Topics:Georgia’s Runoff ElectionsTurkish Drones in DonbasIran-Turkey TensionsThe G20 PaloozaGuests:Pietro ShakarianHosts:Hovik Manucharyan TW/@HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian TW/@qubriqEpisode 96 | Recorded: October 31, 2021

Nov 2

42 min 54 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - October 24, 2021Topics:Yerevan’s “Positive Messages”Opposition Going Back to Street Rallies?Ruling Party Setbacks in Local ElectionsVano Siradeghyan DiesGuests:Tevan Poghosyan TW/@TevanPoghosyanHosts:Hovik Manucharyan TW/@HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian TW/@qubriqEpisode 92 | Recorded: October 25, 2021

Oct 26

51 min 55 sec

Armenia’s Diplomacy and Regional CorridorsThe 44-day War in Artsakh ended with Armenia signing a document of capitulation in November of 2020. The three signatories, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, agreed to implement a number of points to maintain the ceasefire, and work towards a longer lasting peace deal in the region.In the past month, there’s been a flurry of diplomatic activity around Armenia, with the foreign ministers from Georgia, Iran, India, all visiting and meeting with Armenia’s top officials, and of course Armenia’s officials have visited other countries, like the US, Russia, and have met with their top diplomats as well as the EU, France and Azerbaijan.How is Armenia’s diplomacy navigating the “Corridor Politics” and what are the prospects for a peaceful neighborhood?To discuss the region’s prospects for peace, we have with us:Varuzhan Geghamyan, who is an assistant professor at Yerevan State University and teaches on Turkey’s modern history and the history of Azerbaijan.Hosts:- Asbed Bedrossian- Hovik ManucharyanEpisode 93 | Recorded: October 18, 2021

Oct 19

45 min 8 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - October 17, 2021Topics:A Flurry of Diplomatic ActivityResults from Tavush, Shirak and SyunikVaccination in ArmeniaTrust in the Authorities about Information from Border AreasGuests:Hrant Mikaelian TW/@hrant_mHosts:Hovik Manucharyan TW/@HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian TW/@qubriqEpisode 92 | Recorded: October 18, 2021

Oct 19

45 min 32 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - October 3, 2021Topics:Saakashvili Back in GeorgiaPutin, Erdogan, in SochiOSCE Minsk Group in Artsakh?Tonoyan, Galstyan in JailHovik in StepanakertGuests:Benyamin Poghosyan TW/@benyamin_poghosPietro ShakarianHosts:Asbed Bedrossian TW/@qubriqHovik Manucharyan TW/@HovikYerevanEpisode 91 | Recorded: October 3, 2021

Oct 4

1 hr 12 min

ANN/Groong Week in Review - September 26, 2021Topics:The One-year anniversary of The War in ArtsakhCan the Opposition Reorganize?Turkish-Armenian Possible RapprochementGuests:Tevan Poghosyan TW/@TevanPoghosyanHosts:Hovik Manucharyan TW/@HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian TW/@qubriqEpisode 90 | Recorded: September 27, 2021

Sep 28

49 min 15 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - September 19, 2021Topics:Independence DayPashinyan’s Turkish overturesGoris-Kapan highway closureGuests:Pietro ShakarianHost:Hovik ManucharyanEpisode #89 | Recorded: September 20, 2021

Sep 21

33 min 15 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - September 5, 2021Topics:Pashinyan & Co. Shun Artsakh IndependenceTurkey-Armenia Reconciliation Reconstituted?Afghanistan: Taliban 2.0?State of World AffairsState of Political AnalysisGuests:Asbed Kotchikian TW/@AsbedKHosts:Asbed Bedrossian TW/@qubriqEpisode #88 | Recorded: September 3, 2021

Sep 6

39 min 20 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - August 29, 2021Topics:Road to Syunik Blocked and Unblocked5-Year Plan ApprovedParliamentary DynamicsGuests:Beniamin Poghosyan / TW: @BpoghosyanHosts:Asbed Bedrossian / TW: @qubriqEpisode 87 | Recorded: August 29, 2021

Aug 30

40 min 57 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - August 22, 2021Topics:The Government’s 5-Year PlanIs Russia Rearming Armenia? Artsakh?Press Freedoms Curtailed in ParliamentTopics from the PanelistsProfessionalism in PoliticsCOVID ComplacenceGuests:Asbed Kotchikian @Asbed_KHrant Mikaelian @Hrant_datablogHosts:Asbed Bedrossian @qubriqEpisode 86 | Recorded: August 22, 2021

Aug 24

46 min 36 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - August 15, 2021Topics:Lebanon in CrisisTaliban Takes Over Afghanistan8th Convocation of the ParliamentDevelopments around ArtsakhGuests:Asbed Kotchikian - twitter.com/AsbedKKatia Peltekian - twitter.com/KatiaPeltekianBenyamin Poghosyan - twitter.com/BeniaminPoghosyanAsbed Kotchikian is an Associate Professor of political science and international relations at the American University of Armenia.Benyamin Poghosyan is the chairman of the Center For Political and Economic Strategic Studies, a Yerevan based think tank. He was deputy director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the Ministry of Defense in 2010-2016 and the Vice President for Research, at the National Defense Research University from 2016 to 2019. Katia Peltekian has been teaching at the American University of Beirut since 1988. She has published two books which compile newspaper articles and reports from the Genocide years published in the Canadian and British press. Katia has been compiling news for the Armenian News Network Groong since 1999.Hosts:Hovik Manucharyan - twitter.com/HovikYerevanEpisode 85 | Recorded: August 16, 2021

Aug 17

1 hr 4 min

ANN/Groong Week in Review - August 1, 2021Topics:Continued Instability along Armenia-Azerbaijan BordersNational Assembly Commission on the 44-Day WarFirst Session of the 8th Session of the Armenian ParliamentGuests:Asbed Kotchikian @Asbed_KBenyamin Poghosyan @BeniaminPoghosyanHosts:Hovik Manucharyan @HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian @qubriqEpisode 84 | Recorded: August 2, 2021

Aug 3

55 min 6 sec

Unblocking The South Caucasus, Fact or Fiction?A conversation with Areg Danagoulian and Emil SanamyanRecording of live Clubhouse conversationAs part of the November 9th Agreement, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a number of points, one of which was the unblocking of all transportation routes in the region and opening unfettered access between Azerbaijan and Nakhichevan. The specific wording of Article 9 goes as follows:All economic and transport connections in the region shall be unblocked. The Republic of Armenia shall guarantee the security of transport connections between the western regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in order to arrange unobstructed movement of persons, vehicles and cargo in both directions. The Border Guard Service of the Russian Federal Security Service shall be responsible for overseeing the transport connections.”Note that the agreement does not provide for a physical corridor, but rather unfettered access to be overseen by “FSB.”  This point in the agreement has led to much contention and consternation. While Azerbaijan and Turkey have been talking about reopening of borders, Armenia has refused so far to provide the said transportation link.Guests:- Dr. Areg Danagulian - https://twitter.com/varpetareg- Emil Sanamyan - https://twitter.com/emil_sanamyanDr. Areg Danagulian is an Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. He is currently working on new, monochromatic methodologies for cargo screening as well as technologies for nuclear arms control treaty verification via resonant phenomena and physical cryptography.Emil Sanamyan is a senior research fellow at USC’s Institute of Armenian Studies specializing in the politics of the Caucasus.Hosts:- Asbed Bedrossian- Hovik ManucharyanEpisode 83 | Recorded: June 14, 2021

Aug 1

1 hr 20 min

Calls for a Commission to Analyze the Defeat in the 2020 Artsakh WarA Conversation with Dr. Simon Saradzhyan, Arthur G. Martirosyan, and Tevan PoghosyanThe disastrous outcome of the 2020 War in Artsakh has left Armenians in Armenia and around the world with many unanswered questions. Many long-time held beliefs about the capability of Armenia to defend Artsakh, and Armenia itself, were shattered on November 9, with the signing of the trilateral ceasefire statement. A group of more than 10 academics and researchers recently published a lengthy set of questions that are proposed as a basis for a fact-finding commission to investigate the causes and results of the war. The document can be found on the web at armeniacommission.orgGuests- Dr. Simon Saradzhyan - https://twitter.com/saradzhyan- Arthur G. Martirosyan - https://twitter.com/ArtMart96- Tevan Poghosyan - https://twitter.com/TevanPoghosyanDr. Simon Saradzhyan is the founding director of the Russia Matters Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and also helps advance the center’s U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism. His research interests include national power, military interventions, arms control, counterterrorism, and the foreign, defense, and security policies of Russia and other post-Soviet states and their relations with great powers. Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Saradzhyan worked as a researcher, consultant, and journalist in Russia for 15 years, including as an editor of The Moscow Times.Arthur G. Martirosyan is a Senior Consultant with CM Partners. In 1994, after graduating from Yale University, he joined Conflict Management Group and Harvard Negotiation Project, and has since worked on conflicts in the former Soviet Union, Middle East, the Balkans, Africa and Latin America.Tevan Poghosyan is president of the International Center for Human Development in Yerevan. Mr. Poghosyan was an MP in the National Assembly between 2012 and 2017 from the Heritage party. From 1997 to 1999 he served as the Nagorno-Karabakh Public Affairs Office Director in Washington, D.C.Hosts:- Asbed Bedrossian- Hovik ManucharyanEpisode 82 | Recorded: July 30, 2021

Jul 31

1 hr 3 min

ANN/Groong Week in Review - July 25, 2021Topics:Escalation in Yeraskh“Peace Treaty” at GunpointEmigration out of ArmeniaTrip Report from Our GuestsGuests:Varuzhan GeghamyanHrant MikaelianHosts:Hovik ManucharyanAsbed BedrossianEpisode 81 | Recorded: July 26, 2021

Jul 27

52 min 23 sec

Armenian Foreign policy Between War and PeaceA Conversation with Dr. Pietro Shakarian and Yeghia TashjianTopics:* Sparring Partners: Moscow and Ankara* Yerevan’s Diplomatic Dilemmas* Aliyev’s Appetite and AmbitionsGuests* Dr. Pietro Shakarian* Yeghia TashjianHosts:* Hovik Manucharyan* Asbed BedrossianEpisode 80 | Recorded: July 22, 2021 Website: https://groong.org/podcasts/CoG-20210722.html

Jul 22

52 min 50 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - July 18, 2021Topics:Constitutional Court Decisions on Election ResultsNew Pashinyan AppointmentsMore Threats from AzerbaijanRussian Generals in Yerevan AgainGuests:SurenSargsyanHosts:Hovik ManucharyanAsbed BedrossianEpisode 79 | Recorded: July 19, 2021

Jul 21

41 min 2 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - July 11, 2021Topics:  - Putin / Pashinyan meeting  - Constitutional Court Challenge  - Forging Steel out of Velvet  - Groong Podcast’s Year-in-ReviewGuests: Asbed KotchikianHosts:Hovik ManucharyanAsbed BedrossianWebsite: https://groong.org/podcasts/WiR-20210711.htmlEpisode 78 | Recorded: July 11, 2021

Jul 13

1 hr

Preserving Armenian HeritageTopics:What is Armenian Art and Architecture?Where does Artsakh’s Heritage fit in the larger Armenian picture?What Armenian Heritage fell under Azerbaijani Control in 2020?What is Caucasus Heritage Watch and What does it do?What can International Organizations do for Artsakh?How do International Instruments fail in Preserving Armenian Heritage? Host:Simon Maghakyan is an independent researcher of cultural destruction and lecturer in International Relations at the University of Colorado Denver.GuestsLori Khatchadourian is Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University and co-director of the Caucasus Heritage Watch satellite monitoring project. Christina Maranci is Arthur H. Dadian and Ara T. Oztemel Professor of Armenian art and architectural history and Chair of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Tufts University. Episode 77 | Recorded: June 16, 2021 

Jun 30

50 min 24 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - June 27, 2021Topics:Armenian Elections RecapProtests in ArtsakhGuests:Hrant MikaelianEmil SanamyanHosts:Hovik ManucharyanAsbed BedrossianEpisode 76 | Recorded: June 27, 2021

Jun 29

37 min 58 sec

How to Explain The MPG Polling Discrepancy With Election Results?A Conversation (in Armenian) with Aram NavasardyanGuest:Aram Navasardyan is Director of MPG, a member of Gallup International Association and one of the main pollsters  in the pre-election campaign for June 2021 parliamentary elections.--Ինչպե՞ս բացատրել MPG- ի հարցումների անհամապատասխանությունը ընտրությունների արդյունքների հետԶրույց Արամ Նավասարդյանի հետՀյուր:Արամ Նավասարդյանը MPG- ի տնօրենն է որը հանդիսանում է Gallup International Association- ի անդամ և հիմնական հետազոտական կազմակերպություններից մեկն եր 2021 թվականի հունիսի խորհրդարանական ընտրությունների նախընտրական քարոզարշավի ընթացում:Hosts:Hovik ManucharyanAsbed Bedrossian Episode 75 | Recorded: June 21, 2021

Jun 21

40 min 12 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - June 20, 2021Topics:Armenia’s ElectionsBehind The Scenes with Armenia and AzerbaijanErdogan in AzerbaijanBiden Meets Erdogan, then PutinGuests:Asbed Kotchikian @AsbedK@Emil_SanamyanHosts:Hovik Manucharyan @HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian @QubriqEpisode 74 | Recorded: June 20, 2021

Jun 21

54 min 44 sec

Analyzing Party Platforms in June 20 Parliamentary ElectionsA Conversation with Robert MarkarianGuest:Robert Markarian was born in Iran and has university education in physics and law. For 25 years, he has worked as a host, editor, and analyst on Armenian Radio Hour in Iran’s public radio and television. He has cooperated articles covering Armenia and Artsakh in Armenian, Persian, and English published by Iranian and Armenian sites and analytical centers.Conversation in English and ArmenianTopics:Security/DefenseEconomy and SocialArtsakhDiaspora RelationsHosts:Hovik ManucharyanAsbed Bedrossian Episode 73 | Recorded: June 12, 2021

Jun 20

54 min 23 sec

Aleksandr Khachaturyan on the 2021 Armenian ElectionsGuest:Aleksandr Khachaturyan who is a Managing Partner at TK & Partners, in Yerevan. In 2016 he served as an advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Karen Karapetyan, and was CEO of the Center for Strategic Initiatives, advising the government on key economic and public administration reforms and strategies. He serves as a board member at ID Bank and various non-profits, and lectures on corporate finance law at the French University of Armenia (FUA). He holds law degrees from Boston University, FUA, and Jean Moulin Lyon 3.Topics:- Hayastan Dashink (Armenia Alliance) Platform- Economy: Current State and Way Forward- Military-Industrial Complex, Financing Modernization of Army- Armenia-Diaspora Relations- IT Sector- Opening Border With Turkey?Hosts:- Hovik Manucharyan- Asbed Bedrossian Episode 72 | Recorded: June 18, 2021

Jun 18

59 min 11 sec

Hayastan Dashinq, Elections and Postwar OutlookGuestAspram Krpeyan, is a member of the Hayastan Dashinq led by former president Robert Kocharyan in the upcoming elections in Armenia, and a member of its list of parliamentary party representatives. She holds an MSt in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Oxford and an LLM from the Geneva Academy of the International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Her research interests lie in international law with a focus on the interplay between international humanitarian law and human rights, use of force, including the conduct of hostilities, the right to self-determination, secession and territorial integrity. She also has interests in contemporary Armenian foreign policy and international relations.Ms. Krpeyan has worked in the Ministry of Defence, as well as the office of the President of Armenia. She is the co-founding director of the Tatul Krpeyan Peace Foundation.Topics- Elections- War- Foreign AffairsHosts:Hovik ManucharyanAsbed Bedrossian Episode 71 | Recorded: June 7, 2021

Jun 18

37 min 24 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - June 13, 2021Topics:Meltdown at the Ministry of Foreign AffairsPhilip Reeker’s Visit to the Region15 POWs Return HomeLatest Election Poll ResultsGuests:Asbed KotchikianTevan PoghosyanHosts:Hovik ManucharyanAsbed BedrossianEpisode 70 | Recorded: June 13, 2021

Jun 16

50 min 52 sec

ARF-Dashnaktsutyun: Roadmap and ChallengesGuestGiro Manoyan has been a member of the ARF-D Bureau since 2015. Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, he moved to Montreal, Canada in 1976. He has served as the Executive Secretary of the Armenian National Committee of Canada, as well as the Editor in Chief of the Horizon Armenian Weekly. In 1999 he moved to Yerevan and has served as the Executive Director of the Bureau of the ARF-D, in charge of the Armenian Cause, Hai Tahd Central Committee.TopicsThe ARF in the Politics of ArmeniaOn the War in 2020On the Upcoming Elections in 2021On the Internal Strife within the ARFHosts:Asbed KotchikianHovik ManucharyanAsbed Bedrossian Episode 69 | Recorded: June 7, 2021

Jun 12

57 min 58 sec

Armenia, Superpowers and The New Cold WarA Conversation with:Guest:Dr. Pietro Shakarian, who is a Cleveland-based historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, with a focus on Soviet Armenia and the Caucasus during the era of Nikita Khrushchev’s Thaw.TopicsDemocracy-building in the Post Soviet SpaceNATO and expansionRussia in the CaucasusChina and the New Silk Road through Iran and GeorgiaHosts:Hovik Manucharyan @HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian @QubriqEpisode 68 | Recorded: June 4, 2021

Jun 8

55 min 57 sec

Iran: Foreign Relations and Upcoming Elections (in Armenian)A Conversation with Robert MarkarianThe South Caucasus comprises Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The three regional powers surrounding them are Russia to the north, Turkey to the west, and Iran in the south.Iran has been largely quiet about events on its northern border with Armenia and Azerbaijan, due largely to its marginalization on the world stage because of the Western economic sanctions but also because Iran is home to millions of ethnic Azeris and any perceived support for Armenia could result in additional political instability at home.Yet, Iran is hugely influential, and Armenian-Iranian relations have been largely positive in modern times, especially in the post-Soviet era. So how should we view our relations with Iran today, and especially in the past year? And what should we expect in the future?Guest:Robert Markarian, who has degrees in physics and law from Tehran University, and has published several political articles about Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh in Armenian and Persian newspapers and political journals such as Alik, Iranian Diplomacy, IRAS (The Institute for Iran-Eurasia Studies), IPSC (International Peace Studies Center) and The California Courier.  His articles in Armenian, Farsi and English are available on robertmarkarian.com. He studies and has presented on the position of the Iranian Government and scientific-research centers on the conflict around Nagorno Karabakh at conferences such as the Pan-Armenian Conference of Political Scientists and International Relations Experts (November, 2012) and more.HostsHovik ManucharyanAsbed BedrossianTranslation from Armenian to English by Martin Adamian.Episode 67 | Recorded: May 28, 2021

Jun 7

41 min 15 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - June 6, 2021Topics:* Kocharyan Closes in on Pashinyan in Election Polls* Pashinyan Visits EuropeGuests:* Asbed Kotchikian* Emil SanamyanHosts:* Asbed Bedrossian* Hovik ManucharyanWebsite: https://groong.org/podcasts/WiR-20210606.htmlEpisode 65 | Recorded: May 30, 2021

Jun 7

55 min 30 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - May 30, 2021Topics:Continued Tensions on the Eastern BorderLatest IRI and MPG Polls on the Armenian ElectionsElection PoliticsGuests:Hrant MikaelianGeorge TabakyanHosts:Hovik ManucharyanAsbed BedrossianEpisode 65 | Recorded: May 30, 2021

May 31

53 min 12 sec

Iran: Foreign Relations and Upcoming Elections (in Armenian)A Conversation with Robert MarkarianԻրան: Արտաքին Հարաբերուտյուններ, գալիք ընտրություններԶրույց Ռոբերտ Մարգարյանի հետGuest:Ռոբերտ Մարգարյանը ծնվել է Թեհրանում և ունի բարձրագույն կրթությունն ֆիզիկայի և իրավաբանության ոլորտներում: 25 տարի աշխատել է Իրանի պետական ռադիո-հեռուստատեսության հայերեն ռադիոժամում, որպես լուրերի հաղորդավար, խմբագիր և մեկնաբան: Հայաստանի և Արցախի թեմաներով հայերեն, պարսկերեն ու անգլերեն հոդվածներով համագործակցել է  իրանական ու հայկական կայքերի և հետազոտական հաստատությունների հետ: HostsHovik ManucharyanAsbed BedrossianEpisode 64 | Recorded: May 28, 2021

May 30

51 min 45 sec

A Conversation with Narek Margaryan - 05/25/2021Guest:Narek Margaryan is an Armenian comedian, screenwriter and TV host. Along with his co-host Sergey Sargsyan, Narek stars in ArmComedy, a satiric news show series broadcast on Armenian television and on Youtube.HostsHovik ManucharyanAsbed BedrossianEpisode 63 | Recorded: April 25, 2021

May 26

31 min 1 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - May 23, 2021Topics:Border update, and Leaked documents Azerbaijan membership in the CSTO?New MPG Poll and ElectionsGuest:Emil SanamyanHosts:Hovik Manucharyan @HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian @qubriqWeb page: https://groong.org/podcasts/WiR-20210523.htmlRecorded: May 24, 2021

May 25

53 min 20 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - May 16, 2021Topics:Azerbaijan’s Incursion into SyunikLavrov’s Visit to Yerevan and BakuElectoral PoliticsGuests:Tatul HakobyanEmil SanamyanArtyom TonoyanHosts:Hovik Manucharyan @HovikYerevanAsbed Bedrossian @qubriqEpisode 60 | Recorded: May 2, 2021

May 17

1 hr 2 min

ANN/Groong Week in Review - May 2, 2021Topics:Armenia-Russia Relations and the New Cold WarIran-Russia and Iran-Armenia RelationsElection Politics and the Latest MPG PollsSerge Sargsyan’s InterviewGuests:Marine Manucharyan @armolandPietro ShakarianHosts:Asbed Bedrossian @qubriqHovik Manucharyan @HovikYerevanEpisode 60 | Recorded: May 2, 2021

May 3

53 min 55 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - April 25, 2021Topics:- Nikol Pashinyan’s Roadmap & Snap Parliamentary Polls- The Visit to Syunik- Biden Recognizes the Armenian Genocide, Now What?- Update from Stepanakert- Are we Going to Mars?Guests:- Tevan Poghosyan- Emil SanamyanHosts:- Asbed Bedrossian- Hovik ManucharyanEpisode 59 | Recorded: April 25, 2021

Apr 26

1 hr 10 min

Armenians at Crossroads - 04/17/2021Topics:The Last Few Years in Armenian PoliticsThoughts on the Second War in ArtsakhWhat is the Role of the Diaspora?How do we get back on our Feet?Thoughts on the Current Rift in the ARFGuestDr. Viken Hovsepian holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA, and an MA and PhD in International Relations from USC. He has served on the ARF Dashnaktsutyun Bureau, the highest executive body of the Organization, and has been a member, and chairman of the ARF Western US Central Committee. In 2019, he helped establish the Pan Armenian Council in the Western US, and has authored many articles which have appeared in professional periodicals as well as the Armenian press.HostsAsbed KotchikianAsbed BedrossianEpisode 58 | Recorded: April 14, 2021 

Apr 17

1 hr 10 min

ANN/Groong Week in Review - April 11, 2021Topics:- Mr. Pashinyan goes to Moscow- Election Politics- The POW debacle- A Coronavirus Update- The State of the EconomyGuests:- Asbed Kotchikian- Hrant MikaelianHosts:- Asbed Bedrossian- Hovik ManucharyanEpisode 57 | Recorded: April 12, 2021

Apr 13

1 hr

ANN/Groong Week in Review - April 4, 2021Topics:Kocharyan’s Prosecutors Won’t Go AwaySnap Electoral ReformsNew Gallup pollWhat’s Going on in Ukraine?GuestsAsbed KotchikianEmil SanamyanHosts- Asbed Bedrossian- Hovik ManucharyanEpisode 56 | Recorded: April 4, 2021

Apr 5

48 min 25 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - March 28, 2021Topics:* What’s Going on with the Armed Forces?    * Turkey: Enemy No More?    * What Just Happened in the General Staff?    * Morale and Readiness of the Armed Forces    * The Defense Budget* Report from SyunikGuests- George Tabakian- Karen VrtanesyanHosts- Hovik Manucharyan @HovikYerevan- Asbed Bedrossian @QubriqWebsite: https://groong.org/podcasts/WiR-20210328.htmlEpisode 55 | Recorded: March 28, 2021

Mar 29

52 min 4 sec

ANN/Groong Week in Review - March 21, 2021Topics:Snap On - June 20th!Gas Through AzerbaijanMilitary Exercises by Armenia and AzerbaijanGuestsDavid DavidianEmil SanamyanHostsHovik ManucharyanAsbed BedrossianEpisode 54 | Recorded: March 21, 2021

Mar 23

39 min 31 sec

𝐀𝐍𝐍/𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐢𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 - 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝟏𝟒, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏Topics:- Newly Released IRI Poll Results- Armen Grigoryan’s Interview- Snap On, Snap Off!Guests- 𝐀𝐬𝐛𝐞𝐝 𝐊𝐨𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐚𝐧- 𝐄𝐦𝐢𝐥 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐲𝐚𝐧- 𝐀𝐥𝐞𝐧 𝐙𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐚𝐧Hosts- 𝐇𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐤 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐲𝐚𝐧- 𝐀𝐬𝐛𝐞𝐝 𝐁𝐞𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧Episode 53 | Recorded on March 14, 2021

Mar 16

42 min 5 sec