The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies serves as the focal point at the University of California at Berkeley for students and faculty who conduct research and teaching on the geographic region of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. 

The Armenian Studies Program and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies present the 42nd Educator Outreach Conference

Authoritarianism, Democratization, and ‘Populism’:
Armenia’s “Velvet Revolution” in Perspective

This year's Educator Outreach Conference will be virtual due to the ongoing pandemic.

This conference aims at analyzing what happened in Armenia in comparative perspective and through the prisms of authoritarianism, democratization, and ‘populism’, a term the opposition has used to attack PM Pashinyan. Is what happened in Armenia a revolution? Can the Pashinyan-led regime change be compared to others? What are the prospects for such political transformations based on past occurrences in Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Latin America? Is it likely that the rule of law will take roots and corruption will be slowly uprooted? Finally, how can one assess the first three years of Pashinyan’s rule?

Saturday, May 1, 2021

[Livestream on YouTube]



Conference Panelists:

Ambassador Armen Baibourtian, PhD
Consul General of Armenia, Los Angeles, California

Dr. Georgi Derluguian
Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, New York University Abu Dhabi

Lilit Gevorgyan
Russia and CIS Associate Director, IHS Markit, London

Dr. Antranig Kasbarian
Development Director, Tufenkian Foundation, New York City

Dr. Anna Ohanyan
Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Stonehill College

Dr. Nerses Kopalyan
Assistant Professor in Residence and Undergraduate Engagement Coordinator, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Pawel Koscielny
PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Vahram Ter Matevosyan
Associate Professor and Chair, Political Science and International Affairs Program, American University of Armenia

The 42nd Educator Outreach Conference is sponsored by the Armenian Studies Program and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. This conference is made possible with funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers program. This event is free and open to the public.