This call aims to provide an opportunity for original academic and policy research that will address Armenia’s political transformation. In the Spring of 2018, the world watched as large-scale peaceful protests combined with acts of civil disobedience overthrew Armenia’s autocratic regime in what came to be known as the Velvet Revolution. Free of influence from outside forces, this democratic transition has altered the regional fabric. Unlike previous movements in the post-Soviet space and the Middle East, it was not geopolitically polarizing. The movement was decentralized and disciplined, and nonviolent tactics were applied with consistency and determination. The Armenian transition, driven by non elites and built on decades of civic activism, unfolded through the country’s institutions rather than against them. Following the formation of a new government, Armenia’s institutions have begun the processes of reforms, moving from the streets to institution-building.
The month-long transformation itself, as well as the period that followed, are of interest to those pursuing democratization and civic empowerment everywhere in the world.
THE GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THIS CALL ARE TO EXAMINE:
• The interests, institutions, socio-economic conditions, values, identities, and regional as well as global security conditions that shaped the context and primed the groundwork of the movement
• The strategies and events that facilitated the Velvet Revolution
• The challenges of democratic consolidation
THE INSTITUTE WELCOMES PROPOSALS FROM PH.D. STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS ADDRESSING THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:
• Fabrics of the Transition
• Civic Culture and Social Change
• Foreign Policy and Regional Integration
Applications are due on October 20
Selections will be made by October 31
Grants will be awarded in the amounts of $2,000 to $6,000
At the conclusion of the research period, grantees may apply to participate in a two-part conference in Los Angeles and in Yerevan planned for May 2020.
Grantees conducting research in the region may take advantage of accommodations at the USC Tacori Center in Armenia.
See the full application call at https://armenian.usc.edu/from-a-democratic-breakthrough-to-challenges-of-consolidation-in-armenia/