The influence of external actors and cooperation among the South Caucasian states were the subject of the 14th International Conference on Regional Security from June 4 to 5 in Aghveran, Armenia. In collaboration with the Center for Political and Legal Studies “Concord”, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invited academic experts and practitioners. Besides the interests of EU, USA and NATO, the consequences of the Ukrainian crisis and Russia`s foreign policy in the South Caucasus were analyzed. A special focus was set on the implications of the Turkish parliamentary elections on Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
This is the call, with which the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Armenia, in cooperation with the NGO for Education and Science, invites youth for active participation in the Public Online Parliament (POP). The platform provides space for online discussions and debates on current legislative proposals and issues of the Armenian National Assembly. The structure of the "POP" is similar to the Armenian Parliament. The topics will be discussed in relevant standing committees, the online MP’s can propose topics and draft legislation and bring according to the online poll. The results of the pilot project will be presented in the fall to the Armenian National Assembly and the Government.
The German Bundestag in cooperation with the Berlin universities gives as part of its program "International Parliament Scholarship (IPS)", politically interested young people from 28 countries, including those from Georgia, a unique opportunity to get to know political decision-making processes in Germany.
More information on the program can be found on the Bundestag webpage:
Or, on the webpage of the German Embassy in Tbilisi:
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Regional Office South Caucasus based in Tbilisi/Georgia is looking for a project coordinator with starting date 01 July 2015. The job description in PDF format can be downloaded here.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Armenia Office is looking for a project assistant with translation responsibilities with starting date 01 July 2015 The job vacany in PDF format can be downloaded here.
What are the consequences of the crisis in Russia for the neighboring countries? And what are the aftereffects for social and political stability in the region?
The Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation has asked nine authors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to analyze the consequences of the Russian crisis for their countries:
The Russian Crisis and its Fallout The Impact on the Eastern Partnership States and Central Asia
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Armenia Office is taking the initiative to carry out an empirical study on perceptions and attitudes of young people towards the changing reality. FES is inviting competent institutes to tender for being the counterpart in this Enterprise.
Links: Armenian; English.
After the so-called U-turn in Armenian foreign policy, the knowledge about possible consequences of the accession to Eurasian Customs Union also with respect to EU-Armenian relations is very low. Therefore the project “Armenia in Between EU and Eurasian Union”, that was implemented in cooperation with Yerevan Press Club, aimed at raising awareness on integration processes. In five round table discussions and three seminars experts from different spheres have analyzed the possible consequences of Armenia’s accession to Eurasian Customs Union for the region and the country. This was especially interesting in the light of the crises in Ukraine and the changing geopolitical landscape. The discussion offered a rare opportunity to debate questions of Eastern Partnership and of the Eurasian Union with relevant stakeholders.
The media landscape in Armenia does not always correspond to professional standards. However, in transition countries the quality of reporting is of crucial importance for the public awareness for social and political problems. In order to improve the quality of journalism, the Yerevan Press Club in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung monitored articles of several national media on about 40 topics. In a weekly analytical review shortcomings and problems of accuracy were pointed out with the aim to raise awareness for problems in the field of reporting. The reviews were dedicated to topics such as socio-economic developments, local self-government reform, migration, environmental challenges, geopolitical choice of Armenia, etc.
Link: Yerevan Press Club (Armenian)
Social democracy wants equal freedoms for everybody in the society - regardless of race, gender and social background. The video clip on the basics of Social Democracy outlines not only what social democracy means, but also shows a certain example, how the positive and negative rights are to be distinguished from each other.
Video clip - Social Demokracy (Georgian)
Video clip - Social Demokracy (Armenian)