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FROM SHRINKING SPACE TO POST-REVOLUTIONARY SPACE: REIMAGINING THE ROLE AND RELATIONS OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN ARMENIA

The research demonstrates how progressive civil society groups became the avant-garde of the Armenian revolution by acting as an inspiration and role model for larger social groups by popularizing various mechanisms and techniques of resistance. While some individuals from these groups became part of the interim government or local self-government bodies shortly after the revolution and were more...

From Shrinking Space to Shifting Space: Civil Society after the Revolution in Armenia

In 2010, two years after the 2008 global financial crisis, we witnessed the explosion of protest movements throughout the globe[1]. Alongside the global anti-austerity (e.g. Occupy Wall Street, the Indignados in Spain, etc.) and pro-democracy movements of the Arab Spring, there was also a rise of civic activism across some former Soviet countries including Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine...

When and why change a constitution? Lessons we can learn from Iceland

Iceland and Armenia: comparing the non-comparable? Comparison gives us knowledge. We compare ourselves with other countries to understand the differences and similarities. That helps us learn first and foremost about ourselves rather than about them. There are countries we are used to think to be similar to us, such as the post-soviet countries which share some common heritage from the soviet...

CIVIL SOCIETY, DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM IN ARMENIA

This report is based on Armine Ishkhanyan’s extensive qualitative field researches conducted during her three visits to Armenia. The research was assisted by the Socioscope team. The report examines the recent social mobilization of civil society groups in Armenia on environmental issues. In particular, it focuses on organized civil society campaigns against the mining industry in the country...

Civil Fight and Political Decisions

Only the civil society fights with the consequent destruction of the environment. How does this thesis work? At which stage of development are these public movements now? What kind of solutions are proposed by the civic activism? Armine Ishkanian, Lecturer at London School of Economics and Political Science conducted three-year-long studies on the civil movement in Armenia focusing on...

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