Friday, 21 July

Giragosian to Diaspora - Stop Regarding Armenia as Disneyland



Richard Giragosian, who heads the Regional Studies Center think-tank in Yerevan, declared it was high time for the diaspora to stop viewing Armenia as a “Disneyland”

Giragosian, a transplanted diaspora Armenian, stated Armenia must become the center of the universe for Armenian worldwide, where issues of human rights, democracy and economic development assume equal importance with genocide recognition.

The analyst said that the Armenian government should be doing much more to facilitate conditions leading to more from the diapora moving to Armenia. Giragosian has been living in Armenia for the past seven years.

He stated that both for those living in Armenia and diaspora-Armenians, there are two basic challenges – a lack of possibilities and the oligarch dominated economy.

Free and fair elections, Giragosian argued, would not only create an opportunity to improve the life of Armenian citizens, but would also improve the lot of diasporans residing in Armenia.

The analyst pointed to the near total absence of any talk regarding Armenia-Turkish relations and the Genocide issue in the parliamentary campaign as indicative of the very low level of political discourse in Armenia.

He labelled this politics of individuals and not serious debate.

Issues of prime importance – Armenian-Turkish relations, Armenian-Russian relations, Artsakh – are infrequently discussed. He said there must be more debate on these issues so that the public gets a better grasp of the positions of the various parties.

Giragosian argued that the Armenian Genocide shouldn’t be the only issue on the diaspora’s agenda, arguing that battling the oligarchy in Armenia is also very vital given that it poses a huge threat to the state itself. 

The oligarchs, said Giragosian, thwart both democratic and economic development. He found it appalling that many are to be re-elected to the country’s parliament.


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Comments (9)
1. Թլկատինցի15:34 - 20 April, 2012
"Հայ հասարակությունը կարիք ունի քննարկումների արդյունքում իմանալ քաղաքական կուսակցությունների վերաբերմունքը կարևոր հարցերի շուրջ" Սա Ի՞ՆՉ հայերեն: --- "Քննարկումներ է պետք որպեսզի հայ հասարակությունն իմանա քաղաքական կուցակցությունների մոտեցումները կարեւոր հարցերի նկատմամբ", կամ մի այլ ձեւակերպում....
2. Melik Setyan05:02 - 21 April, 2012
Even though I know he is an agent of US state department in Armenia, serving US interests, but I agree with his position on this matter
3. Raz08:52 - 21 April, 2012
- Melik, I take it you know that for a fact because the US State Department keeps you informed. Right?
4. Pierre13:30 - 21 April, 2012
Yes, Giragosian is a secret agent for the U.S. and Serzh Sargsyan is really Santa Claus in disguise.
5. Teo21:19 - 21 April, 2012
I absolutely agree with Giragosian.
6. Jack Kalpakian21:51 - 21 April, 2012
Actually, Mr. Giragosian, we do not regard it as Disneyland. Most Diasporans regard it as Sicily, circa 1950; although we love it anyway.
7. ireneh19:00 - 22 April, 2012
give us the names. I just hear '45 families' own all Armenia's wealth, but the only oligarch's name I know ish Tashir, and he is in Russia. Who are the ones in Parliament?
8. Pierre21:13 - 22 April, 2012
What leverage does the diaspora have on the government other than economic? It seems that diaspora organizations believe in the maxim - Armenia, love it or leave it. Many are indeed leaving...If European institutions have a difficult time convincing the government regarding the need for serious reforms, what can a fragmented and disorganized diaspora hope to accomplish?
9. Walt 08:26 - 23 April, 2012
a “Disneyland” would have been a great idea. Armenia needs one for her kids. It's the happiest place on earth. I've been there more than once. Seriously, it would be a great idea to build a smaller version in Armenia.
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