There’s a revolution going down in Yerevan right now. Sort of.
My uncle is friends with Raffi Hovannisian, the man who supposedly won the election but was cheated out by the incumbent, Serzh Sargsyan. I’ve been told he is the Ron Paul of Armenia, but I don’t personally know anything else about him. I really don’t care who wins because Armenia has gigantic issues that probably won’t be solved within the next decade, but the situation is interesting to monitor for a few reasons.
Armenia received a lot of US funds over the past few years for a lot of reasons. Armenia is the only democratic christian state in the region and has a common boarder with Iran. The US built, what was at the time, the largest US embassy in the world in Yerevan. The US gave Armenia even more money in order to establish some comity with the Armenian legal system and for Armenia to begin extraditing felons who fled America for a safe haven in Armenia. Recently, the US came out in full support of Serzh’s re-election and they seem pretty set on supporting his administration for many reasons, including those listed above.
Personally, it really makes no difference to me but I’m interested because it’s pretty sad and pathetic that Armenians are fighting other Armenians, especially on the eve of the Armenian Genocide memorial coming up this month and also one of the companies I work for has been investing a ton of money in that country and instability isn’t exactly a welcomes site.
A lot of the political infighting stems around which super power people prefer to associate with or which Armenian conglomerate business owner the politician is friends with. If you think Corporatism is a major issue in America, Armenia is the flawless, if you can call it flawless, example of Corporatism at it’s peak. If you want to know what the future of American politics might look like, look to the situation in Armenia.
The news has probably completely ignored the situation but it’s pretty important as far as American Foreign Policy is concerned. I hate to say it, but I think the US might step in, especially if they see their man, Serzh, losing power and they see Raffi take office.