Turkey was the beneficiary of pre-Soviet-era turmoil in the Caucasus, signing the Treaty of Kars of 1923; it continues to benefit also during the realignment of powers in the post-Soviet period. Following the collapse of the Soviet Empire,[...]

The Middle East is aflame and the political world is in an uproar over the third Turkish incursion into Syria under the code name “Peace Spring.” With this current invasion in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s avowed intention[...]

By Raffi Bedrosyan Ever since the last Armenian Patriarch Mesrob Mutafyan fell ill with dementia but continued to live in a vegetative state in 2008, the seat of the Istanbul Patriarchate has been vacant. Archbishop Aram Atesyan, who got[...]

By David L. Phillips President Donald J. Trump succumbed to Turkey’s demand for a “safe zone” in North and East Syria, announcing overnight that the US is pulling back forces that have served as a trip wire deterring Turkey’s[...]

Armenia presided over the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) supreme summit, which began on October 1 in Yerevan. Much background politics and theatrics were at play. The session took place on the heels of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s[...]

By Philippe Raffi Kalfayan Special to the Mirror-Spectator I have never described the events of April-May 2018 as a “revolution” for two reasons. The first is that Serzh Sargsyan gave up power with reason and wisdom, making the[...]

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan assumed power in May 2018 by riding on a wave of populism that he had generated. On September 22, he tried to extend the momentum of that populism to the diaspora, delivering a masterful speech in Los[...]

For many countries, independence day is a routine date in the calendar, when the anniversary is remembered while many of the liberties and opportunities created by that independence are taken for granted. For Armenians, independence has a[...]

By Edmond Y. Azadian To state that Armenia and Russia are on a collision course does not make one an alarmist. Indeed, the anti-Russian rhetoric is heating up in Armenia’s media and in political discussions, and Russia has been[...]

By Aris Janigian Go back a couple of generations and nobody called us “white,” so we had no way of really knowing about our privilege. We were Armenian and Christian, third-class citizens — that we knew for sure. The first-class[...]

The news that Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev is suffering from poor health and has not made a public appearance in the last two weeks does not bother that country’s citizens too much, because their government apparatus is on[...]