COMMENT: Iran's one hand unbound in the South Caucasus

Emil Avdaliani in Tbilisi March 5, 2018

In the two years since Tehran was relieved of the crippling nuclear sanctions, the Iranians have looked for economic progress to their northwest. Russia, however, ensures Iran won’t find both hands free in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

Armenian parliament elects Armen Sarkissian as new president

Carmen Valache in Berlin March 5, 2018

Former physics professor at Cambridge and longstanding ambassador to the UK ran unopposed.

Armenia’s likely next president has a credibility problem

Carmen Valache in Berlin February 21, 2018

Backed by the ruling Republicans, Armen Sarkissian leads Armenia's presidential race but questions about the mysterious end of his brief stint as prime minister and when exactly he renounced his British citizenship are undermining his credibility.

Yerevan city council descends into chaos as councillors brawl over sewage leak

bne IntelliNews February 14, 2018

Fight broke out when members of the opposition Yekir Tsirani party tried to hand containers of sewage to Yerevan mayor Taron Markarian.

Mining group hit by toxic waste claims in Armenia to lay off most staff

Carmen Valache in Berlin February 6, 2018

Vallex Group to retain only a few of its 1,200 employees amid row over pollution from open-pit copper mine.