You can ask your questions to Armenia's First Minister of Foreign Affairs Raffi Hovannisian.
Կարող եք Ձեր հարցերն ուղղել Հայաստանի առաջին արտգործնախարար Րաֆֆի Հովհաննիսյանին:
The Civilitas Foundation
cordially invites you
to the next discussion in the series: "One Hundred Questions,
One Hundred Answers
This month's guest is Pargev Ohanyan
Discussion is moderated by Aram Abrahamyan
Editor-in-Chief of Aravot Daily
The event will take place at the
Golden Tulip Hotel Yerevan, Rossini Hall,
on Wednesday, March 7 at 2 p.m.
To confirm your participation,
please call 010 500-119.
Number of places is limited.
Simultaneous translation will be provided.
You can post your questions
ahead of time.
You can ask your questions to Former Judge Pargev Ohanyan.
Կարող եք Ձեր հարցերն ուղղել նախկին դատավոր Պարգև Օհանյանին:
You can ask your questions to the Former Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Arzumanyan.
Կարող եք Ձեր հարցերն ուղղել Հայաստանի նախկին արտգործնախարար Ալեքսանդր Արզումանյանին:
You can ask your questions to the former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Marshall Evans.
Կարող եք Ձեր հարցերն ուղղել Հայաստանում ԱՄՆ նախկին դեսպան, Ջոն Մարշալ Էվանսին:
Our last question was, "Which spheres require urgent reforms?" We suggested a few spheres to focus on: the political system, the economic system, the judicial system, education and mass media. Typically, we receive a similar distribution of answers on both the Armenian and English Civilitas sites.
Our previous survey asked whether the economic crisis is over, will be over soon, or will not be over in the near future.
Out of the participants who responded, 80 percent think the economic crisis will not be over in the near future. Almost 12 percent think it will be over soon, and about 8.5 percent think the crisis is over.
According to official statistics, there was a 7.2 percent increase in GDP between the months of January-April when compared to the same period last year.
Our previous question was: Would a severe punishment for slander and libel improve media quality? Fifty percent think it will not change the situation, while 43 percent believe that it will.
Our previous question was: "Do you believe that free elections (one where even an incumbent can be defeated) can change a country?"
Opinions were mostly divided. Of those who answered the question, 53% thought that such elections could bring positive change to the country; 43% thought they could not. Around 4% did not have an answer.
Our previous question was: "Do you see the future of your children in Armenia?"
84 of those who participated in the poll said "No", 67 said "Yes". We also had a similar discussion on our Facebook Generation Center page. Some of the participants said "Yes," some said "No," but it seems like most agree that the Armenia we have now, no matter how patriotic we are, no matter how much we love our country, which we have no doubt you do, still raises serious concerns when it comes to deciding weather this is the place we believe can be the best place for our children.
In our previous poll, we asked which would be of greater benefit to Armenia's economy , opening of Armenia -Turkey border or Improving the domestic economic and political environment . Before proceeding to discussion of the poll results, a little bit about the poll itself. One of the respondents asked whether the choices contradict each another, or if it is not possible to implement both simultaneously.
Our previous question was – how do you assess the Armenia-Turkey protocols?
Approximately 70 percent of respondents were negative in their assessment, 26 percent positive, and two percent had no opinion. We don’t pretend that these polls are sociologically accurate. But we do believe they reflect the public’s and our oft-stated concerns about the preconditions which have been included in those protocols and which are unacceptable for the Armenian side. Other publicized, sociological surveys have produced similar results.
Our last question was: “If on the day of the FIFA Armenia-Turkey football game, the border is closed, regardless of whatever promises are made, should the Armenian president go to the game”?
Previously, we asked, “Should the president still be wearing the pin of his political party?” This question created a great deal of interest. Of those who voted, 67 percent believe that the president should not wear his party’s pin, because he is the president of the entire nation, not only of one political party. Another 29 percent or 218 respondents believe that it does not matter; three percent believe he has a right to wear such a lapel pin.
Last time we asked, “What has a greater impact on Armenia’s economic crisis,” acknowledging of course that both the international crisis as well as the economic policies of the government do have a huge role to play. Nearly half agreed that the problem is indeed caused by both. However, just over a third of respondents put greater responsibility (or blame) on the government than on the international crisis.
When nearly half of a random sample of respondents say that the opening of the Turkish-Armenian border is harmful to Armenia, and the other half say it’s important or very important, it is clear that this unreal state has become the norm.
There is not and has not been a war between the republics of Armenia and Turkey, yet the border has been closed for 15 years. This is the only such case in the world. There are as we’ve often said countless other pairs of countries, neighbors, with great problems and disagreements between them, yet their common border remains open.
Most of you (92) agreed that the Dram devaluation which took place on March 3 is generally a good thing for Armenia’s economy.
Thirty one of you disagreed. We imagine part of the No vote was because of the way it was done, and not specifically opposition to the devaluation. It is true that the sudden announcement by the IMF, that Armenia had agreed to a more flexible currency exchange policy, after weeks of denial that such a move is either necessary or imminent, caused panic and cynicism among a population already suffering from the economic downturn.
We asked: Should the government seek to intervene and protect Armenia’s production and bail out some important industries which are in trouble, like mining?
Twenty-six of you said no; 104 said yes. There were eight I don’t knows, but the majority clearly felt government intervention is a good thing.This overwhelming yes can be interpreted in various ways, as can the minority No vote. Did you vote no because you don’t believe intervention is necessary? Or is the mining sector not the one worthy of support? Finally, how many voted no because they believed that intervention is indeed necessary, but not just at a time of crisis?