Armenia

Country Armenia
Capital Yerevan
Continent Asia
Currency Dram(AMD)
Languages Armenian

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Introduction

Armenia prides itself on being the first nation to formally adopt Christianity (early 4th century). Despite periods of autonomy, over the centuries Armenia came under the sway of various empires including the Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Persian, and Ottoman. During World War I in the western portion of Armenia, Ottoman Turkey instituted a policy of forced resettlement coupled with other harsh practices that resulted in an estimated 1 million Armenian deaths. The eastern area of Armenia was ceded by the Ottomans to Russia in 1828; this portion declared its independence in 1918, but was conquered by the Soviet Red Army in 1920. Armenian leaders remain preoccupied by the long conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a primarily Armenian-populated region, assigned to Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1920s by Moscow. Armenia and Azerbaijan began fighting over the area in 1988; the struggle escalated after both countries attained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. By May 1994, when a cease-fire took hold, ethnic Armenian forces held not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also a significant portion of Azerbaijan proper. The economies of both sides have been hurt by their inability to make substantial progress toward a peaceful resolution. Turkey closed the common border with Armenia in 1994 because of the Armenian separatists' control of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas, further hampering Armenian economic growth. However, in 2009 senior Armenian leaders began pursuing rapprochement with Turkey, which could result in the border reopening.

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Building Bridges Between Turkey and Armenia - New York Times (blog)

New York Times (blog)

Building Bridges Between Turkey and Armenia
New York Times (blog)
John Stanmeyer crouched under a rock on the border between Armenia and Turkey to avoid a rainstorm in April 2015. From his vantage point, he could make out the remains of a decaying, centuries-old bridge that once linked the two countries. He had spent ...

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New Opposition Bloc Formed in Armenia - Armenian Weekly

Armenian Weekly

New Opposition Bloc Formed in Armenia
Armenian Weekly
YEREVAN (A.W.)—The leaders of the Hanrapetutyun (Republic), Lusavor Hayastan (Bright Armenia), and Kaghakatsiakan Paymanagir (Civil Contract) parties restated their joint participation in the upcoming Armenian parliamentary elections, as they held the ...



Russian, Armenian Prime Ministers Meet in Moscow - Armenian Weekly

Armenian Weekly

Russian, Armenian Prime Ministers Meet in Moscow
Armenian Weekly
MOSCOW, Russia (A.W.)— Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan is on a two-day official visit to Russia at the invitation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The Armenian Government's press office reported that the two met at the Gorki ...
Armenia and Russia to diversify spheres of cooperationBanks.am
Armenian, Russian Prime Ministers MeetAsbarez Armenian News
Armenia and Russia consider forming investment cooperation fundArmenpress.am
Public Radio of Armenia -Arka News Agency (press release) -PanARMENIAN.Net
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Chairman of Association for Polish-Azerbaijan Cooperation joins Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform - APA

APA

Chairman of Association for Polish-Azerbaijan Cooperation joins Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform
APA
“Acknowledging the importance of the peaceful resolution of Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Reiterating the respect and support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia and ...
Donald Trump should broker peace between Azerbaijan and ArmeniaWashington Times
Policies of Armenian dictatorship lead it to disaster: HajiyevTrend News Agency
Armenia's provocation at Madrid tourism fair prevented [VIDEO]AzerNews
AZERTAC News -Anadolu Agency -Mediamax.am
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Ambassador Switalski presents 5 priority directions of Armenia-EU cooperation - Armenpress.am

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Ambassador Switalski presents 5 priority directions of Armenia-EU cooperation
Armenpress.am
YEREVAN, JANUARY 24, ARMENPRESS. The European Union has identified 5 priority directions in relations with Armenia for the upcoming months, Ambassador Piotr Switalski - Head of the EU delegation to Armenia, told reporters on January 24, reports ...
Armenia-EU agreement claims to be finalized in coming future, EU Ambassador saysPanorama.am
EU Ambassador: Proper elections will open new doors for ArmeniaMediamax.am
Talks on new EU-Armenia Framework Agreement to be finalized in 2017: Piotr SwitalskiPublic Radio of Armenia
MassisPost -Arka News Agency (press release) -Asbarez Armenian News
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Artist resurrects the spirit of Beckett for her Armenian folk tale - The Calvert Journal

The Calvert Journal

Artist resurrects the spirit of Beckett for her Armenian folk tale
The Calvert Journal
Artist Lucie Khahoutian is interested in bringing to light her native Armenia by drawing on both traditional and contemporary imagery. As one of seven artists that make up Live Wild, a female-led collective of digital collagists, she's used to ...

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Panel Discussion on the State of Armenia's Health Care to Take Place in N.J. - Armenian Weekly

Armenian Weekly

Panel Discussion on the State of Armenia's Health Care to Take Place in N.J.
Armenian Weekly
The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Dro gomideh, the Armenian Medical Fund (AMF), and the the Armenian American Health Professionals Organization (AAHPO).



Armenia's Parliament Speaker meets Japanese Ambassador - Armenpress.am

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Armenia's Parliament Speaker meets Japanese Ambassador
Armenpress.am
YEREVAN, JANUARY 24, ARMENPRESS. Parliament Speaker of Armenia Galust Sahakyan on January 24 had a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Armenia Eiji Taguchi, press service of the Parliament told ...
RA NA Speaker Receives Ambassador of Japan - National ...National Assembly of RA

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Armenia, Russia Sign Protocol on Nuclear Safety Information Exchange - MassisPost

MassisPost

Armenia, Russia Sign Protocol on Nuclear Safety Information Exchange
MassisPost
MOSCOW (Armradio) — Russia's Rosatom state nuclear energy corporation and the Armenian Ministry of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources signed a protocol on Tuesday on practical measures to meet commitments on prompt warning about a ...

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Armenia's Ombudsman meets CoE Commissioner for Human Rights in Strasbourg - Armenpress.am

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Armenia's Ombudsman meets CoE Commissioner for Human Rights in Strasbourg
Armenpress.am
YEREVAN, JANUARY 24, ARMENPRESS. Human Rights Defender of Armenia Arman Tatoyan on January 23 met Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Nils Muiznieks in Strasbourg, press service of the Ombudsman's Office told ...