- Zarine Kharazian, Associate Editor at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab
- Givi Gigitashvili, Researcher at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab
- Armen Grigoryan, Vice President of the Policy Research Centre
The supposed moral decline of the West has been one of the main topics of propaganda in the Armenian political discourse for almost two decades.
What effect does anti-European and anti-liberal propaganda have on the foreign policy and the system of public political values? What effect does this propaganda have on the mentality of the society, to what extent does it predetermine the further course of the country, both domestically and internationally?
The idea of "Evil West" was noticeable back in 1999 since NATO invaded Kosovo. It gained momentum after the Rose Revolution in Georgia (November 2003), which began with mass protests against electoral fraud and led to a "color revolution" which resulted in a change of government.
All the features of an undemocratic society led to popular protest movements that brought younger, reformist leaders to power in Georgia in 2003 and in Armenia in 2018.
Conspiracy theories in Armenia have jeopardized the work of the civil society. Some Armenian forces have blamed the West for its silence and inaction for the disgraceful defeat in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. As some Armenian NGOs were affiliated with Western organizations, they began to be slandered and involved in conspiracy theories. Some NGO representatives were threatened, some were attacked.
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