YEREVAN, Armenia – A publication by Routledge on political risks and business environment in the Black Sea region includes a chapter on Armenia co-authored by Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan, an American University of Armenia (AUA) Political Sciences and International Affairs (PSIA) Assistant Professor and alumna. Dr. Paturyan also serves as Assistant Director of the AUA Turpanjian Center for Policy Analysis. The chapter is a result of cooperation with her colleague Associate Professor Christoph Stefes at the University of Colorado.
In 2014, Dr. Paturyan was invited to participate in a project that brought together scholars from Western Europe and the Black Sea region. The goal was to produce a book that would serve both as an academic source and as practical advice for overcoming obstacles faced by businesses in the region. The recently published volume is a collection of chapters and case studies from Black Sea region countries, which explores the business environment. State capture by non-state actors, institutional ambiguity, informality, favoritism, and corruption distort the economic playing field and impacts business activity.
“I am not an economist and I usually avoid economic topics. But with this project, we were explicitly asked to explore how corruption impacts business. We did that from a political point of view and leave the readers to judge the results.” Dr. Paturyan notes.
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Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.