Armenia’s “Velvet Revolution” of 2018: A New Reality or Déjà Vu?

Friday 9 November from 12:00 to 13:00 at Lögberg, room L-102

Open seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland and

Armenia’s “Velvet Revolution” of 2018: A New Reality or Déjà Vu? 

Armenia recently completed a transition from a presidential to a parliamentary form of governance. The outgoing President reneged on his promise of not seeking an extension of his rule through a system change. His political party, that had a parliamentary majority until recently, elected him as Prime Minister in April 2018. That sparked mass protests that swept the ruling elite from power and propelled a minor political force into government. The change is referred to as the “Velvet Revolution.” The situation is unique in many ways but is also reminiscent of the early 90s, when Armenia regained its independence from the Soviet Union.

Dr. Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan is an Assistant Professor of the Political Science and International Affairs Program at the American University of Armenia

Moderator: Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Associate Professor in International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Iceland

The seminar will take place in English and is open to all.