Anna Ohanyan

Nonresident Senior Scholar
Russia and Eurasia Program
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Anna Ohanyan is a nonresident senior scholar in the Russia and Eurasia Program.


Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Ph.D., Political Science, Syracuse University
MA, Political Science, Syracuse University
MS, in Conflict Resolution, Nova Southeastern University



Armenian; English; Russian


Anna Ohanyan is the Richard B. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Stonehill College, and two-time Fulbright Scholar to the South Caucasus. She has authored and (co)-authored four books, which include Russia Abroad: Driving Regional Fracture in Post-Communist Eurasia and Beyond, an edited volume published by Georgetown University Press in 2018, and Networked Regionalism as Conflict Management, published by Stanford University Press in 2015. Her articles appeared in International Studies Review, Peace and Change, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Global Governance, and Global Society, among other journals. She has also contributed to the Washington Post, National Interest. Foreign Policy magazine, Al Jazeera, and Wilson Quarterly

Ohanyan served as a doctoral fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2002-2004), and her research has been supported by IREX, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the German Marshall Fund, the U.S. State Department, and Eurasia Foundation among others. She has consulted for numerous organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, the World Bank, the National Intelligence Council Project, the U.S. Department of State, the Carter Center, and USAID. Her work has taken her across the globe, from Northern Ireland to the Balkans, Russia, and the South Caucasus. 

Her current scholarship explores the regional dimensions of armed conflicts as well as regional approaches to security provision and conflict management. Focusing on post-communist Eurasia and the Middle East, her work explores how fractured regions perpetuate ongoing armed conflict, nourish authoritarianism and state weakness. In doing so, her work places a particular emphasis on the problem of regional fracture in Russia's post-Soviet neighborhoods. Her current book project probes the extent to which the fractured, imperially-rooted nature of regional neighborhoods causes, enables, or facilitates communal violence and armed conflict in contemporary Eurasia today. It examines why some regional neighborhoods emerged peacefully from the Cold War, while others found themselves in armed conflict of various intensities. 

In addition, she also studies the processes of democratic breakthroughs in Russia’s security orbit, with a focus on Armenia’s Velvet Revolution and the subsequent democratic breakthrough, and the mass protests in Belarus. Her work probes the pattern of mass-scale civic disobedience campaigns as they condition chances of successful democratic transitions and consolidation. Her co-edited volume, Armenia’s Velvet Revolution: Authoritarian Decline and Civil Resistance in a Multipolar World, was published by Bloomsbury Press in 2020. 

  • Op-Ed Georgetown Journal of International Affairs June 16, 2021
    The Forty-Day War and the “Russian Peace” in Nagorno-Karabakh

    The number of conflicts ending in peacefully negotiated settlements has declined since the 2010s. Cases of states applying militarized and coercive approaches to solving ethno-political conflicts through war and violence are now becoming ubiquitous.

  • Op-Ed Al Jazeera April 15, 2021
    What Do Protests in Georgia and Armenia Tell Us About Democracy?

    The similarities in images of protesters camped in tents in Armenia and Georgia over the past few months amid political crises in both countries have been striking. They are signs of the political openness and liberalization in both the states.

  • Commentary March 3, 2021 Русский
    Peace and Reform: Europe’s Role in the Post-Karabakh War Caucasus

    Europe has a role to play in rebuilding the South Caucasus and promoting a sustainable future. One important dividend would be democracy promotion in the region. A Russian-enforced peace could be remarkably conducive to that end.

  • Armenian people queue to receive food aid in the regional capital Stepanakert
    Article November 24, 2020
    Russia and the West Still Need Each Other in Nagorno-Karabakh

    The pact Russia brokered in Nagorno-Karabakh has plenty of holes. Yet while their relations with the Kremlin remain tense, Western powers are better equipped to patch up the agreement’s shortcomings than Russia is, and they have strong reasons for trying to do so.

  • November 20, 2020
    Armenians Flee Nagorno-Karabakh After Six-Week War With Azerbaijan

    Russia has negotiated a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan, ending a six-week war that left thousands dead. The dispute was over Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory within Azerbaijan’s border but inhabited nearly exclusively by ethnic Armenians.

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