Debates on Participatory Politics


Armenia before Presidential Elections

Tevan Poghosyan - MP, HeritageParty;
Artak Zakaryan - MP, RepublicanParty,Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Relations;
Sergey Minasyan - Head of CI Political Studies Department

Aesthetics of Street Protest: Youth in Politics

Even though the topic of the discussion was supposed to focus on aesthetics and forms of street protests, the speakers laid more emphasis on their content and talked about the goals of youth movements, the purpose of their formulation, and their future plans. Even the audience’s questions concerned the content of protests, the goals of youth movements, and their activeness and passiveness.

Local Administration in Armenia. Reforms and Issues

Karen Bakoyan – Head of the Division of Coordination of Local Self Governance Affairs at the Ministry for Territorial Administration;
Edgar Ghazaryan – Marzpet (Governor) of Vayoz Dzor;
Armen Galstyan –Deputy Director of International Center for Human Development (ICHD);
Moderator: Luisa Ayvazyan, Civic Program Coordinator, NDI

Georgia’s Cultural Policy between the Past and the Future

What should the format of cultural policy be? What are the key issues that could be referred to as defining the cultural policy field? Sopo Kilasonia and Niko Nergadze, journalists, Guram Odisharia, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, and Nini Sanadiradze, Project Manager for the National Museum of Georgia, raised these issues during a discussion on cultural policy hosted by the HBF.  

The Emerging Civic Movement in Armenia: Trends and Actors

Gayane Shagoyan – anthropologist, Yerevan State University;
Tigran Khocharyan – blogger;
Alexander Iskandaryan – Political Scientist, CI Director;
Moderator: Tatev Sargsyan, Caucasus University

By Gayane Shagoyan, Alexander Iskandaryan

Political architecture of the Internet in Georgia

Almost 45% of the Georgian population has access to the Internet. In the capital, 60% of the population has access, while the rate in towns is 51%. Villages have much less coverage, with fewer than 20% of people able to access the Internet. More than 50% of Internet users seek information, 40% use social networks, while 26% use Facebook.