Armenia’s Turn for the Worse

Besieged by its neighbor and caught between great powers, will Armenian democracy survive?

A view of the Ghazanchetsots Cathedral, an Armenian Apostolic church in Shusha, Azerbaijan, through a broken window following Azerbaijani shelling, October 11, 2020. (Celestino Arce / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The city of Yerevan was a bright place in spring 2018. An uncorrupted outsider, Nikol Pashinyan, had just bumped imperious incumbent Serzh Sargsyan out of the prime minister’s office, riding a tide of mass popular unrest. Clerical workers were on strike for higher pay, underpaid truck drivers were blocking factory gates, students had removed corrupt […]