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Magda Arsenyan is an assisstant to a  Member of Parliament at the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, and a journalist/political analyst at “Armedia”, an informative-analytical agency. She studied political science at Yerevan State University, Faculty of International Relations. She obtained her master’s degree from the Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia (PAARA). Currently, she is a PhD student at PAARA. Her research interests include: foreign policy analysis, public and human security problems, parliamentary culture, and public and parliamentary diplomacy.

Curriculum vitae can be found here.

Doctoral thesis

Topic: “Preconditions for the Establishment of the Parliamentary Culture in Armenia”

Supervisor: Prof. Dr Ashot Aleksanyan


The  development  of  modern  parliamentarism  shows  that  its  boundaries  have expanded considerably. In the framework of parliamentary culture transformation processes,sustaining of the national dialogue between the state and society has become an urgent issue. While considering the current political developments within the state, it is necessary to find a  system  of  checks  and  balances  that  will  give  us  an  opportunity  to  equalize  the  national, social  and  political  needs  between  the  state  and  society.  Unfortunately,  the  Parliamentary culture  has not been widely studied yet in Armenia, and there is a need to  propose a new definition  for  the  concept  of  parliamentary  culture;  the  one  which  will  best  reflect  the current problems and peculiarities of parliamentary culture sustaining process. 

According to the results of a referendum on constitutional reforms held in 2015, the Republic of Armenia is passing from a half-presidential system to a parliamentary system of government, which constitutes a new stage in the political development of modern Armenia. One of the challenges of this process is the development of a parliamentary culture in the country that supports the institutional settings. The object of this doctoral thesis is to examine the role of political parties and fractions during the establishment and development of parliamentary culture in Armenia.

The following research questions will be considered:  
1) What is the impact of political parties’ participation on the development of a modern parliamentary culture in Armenia?
2) How does the work of the permanent parliamentary commission promote or hinder inter-party cooperation?
3) What is the role of the ruling political party as the parliamentary majority?
4) What is the level of democratic consolidation among the political parties in the parliament?
5) How can inter-parliamentary cooperation contribute to the formation of parliamentarism in Armenia?


Academic articles

Arsenyan, Magda (2016): On the Issue of Formation of the Political Preconditions for the Parliamentary Culture, "Banber"- Bulletin of Yerevan University, Section of International Relations, Political Science,  Vol. 1, No. 19, pp. 63-70.

Arsenyan, Magda (2014): Transformation Imperatives of the State Institution within the Framework of Globalization, in: Public Administration Scientific Journal, No. 5, pp. 71-78.

Conference paper

Arsenyan, Magda (2013): The Role of Political Elite in the Transformation Process of the Republic of Armenia, in: A Collection of Research Papers of Student Conference, Public Administration Academy of Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, 10-12 May.

Conference reports

Arsenyan, Magda (2014): The Revolution of Consciousness as a Precondition for Civil Society Development.  Interuniversity conference at Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia, 27-28 March, in: A Collection of Research Papers of Student Conference, Public Administration Academy of Republic of Armenia, Yerevan.  

Media contributions

Arsenyan, Magda (2016): The Indifferent Tolerance of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Lead to a Deadlock of the Negotiation Process, in: Armedia analytical agency, 27 April 2016