The Crisis in Democratic Governance in Armenia and the US

YEREVAN, Armenia— On September 6, the American University of Armenia (AUA) Political Science and International Affairs (PSIA) program hosted Eric Hacopian, a California-based political consultant, for a seminar comparing and contrasting the crisis in democratic governance in Armenia with the current political events in the United States and Western Europe. Comparison was made between the underdevelopment of the democratic system in Armenia, specifically of its unique non-democratic, yet non-totalitarian political structure and the challenges to the legitimacy of traditional democratic politics expounding on last year’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election to the presidency of the United States. The seminar covered specific areas of commonality and differences in detail and concluded with a discussion of what these mean to the future of democratic politics in Armenia and the west.

Eric Hacopian has nearly 30 years of experience in American politics. He has run or been part of campaigns on the presidential, congressional, state and municipal levels. In 1997, Hacopian started his own political consulting firm called EDH & Associates, specializing in general consulting, direct mail, and television aspects of political campaigns.

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.