Putin’s war on democracy played a role in the CSTO’s decision to deploy troops in Kazakhstan. With the invasion of Ukraine, did experts miss early signs of Putin’s resolve to act on threats?
Mane Berikyan is a Deans scholar sophomore majoring in International Relations and minoring in Russian Area Studies and Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence on the pre-law track. On campus, Mane is an editorial lead at the Global Policy Institute, an associate editor at Glimpse From the Globe, works at the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, is an editor at Ilios Political Science Journal and the Southern California International Review, and acts as the representative of the Armenian Students Association. Outside of USC, she is a journalist for the Armenia-based media outlet CivilNet and formerly served as Membership Director for the non-profit organization Armenian Engineers & Scientists of America. Her interests include corruption, democracy and conflict in post-Soviet Eurasia, Europe and the Middle East.
Russia is working against its interests in the South Caucasus
Putin stands to lose his leverage over Armenia — and Russia’s foothold in a key region.