I apologize for the lack of posts recently. I’ve been very busy preparing for a new fellowship I’ll be starting at the Yerevan office of the Caucuses Research Resource Center (CRRC). That’s right, I’m going back to Armenia.
CRRC‘s focus is on quantitative research and public policy. One of their main projects is the Caucuses Barometer that develops detailed information on a range of issues in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. This data is essential for developing responsive policy. The substance of my fellowship is not finalized, but my goal for the fellowship is to gain quantitative research skills to augment all the human rights reports I’ll write for the rest of my career. Most human rights lawyers have no quantitative skills, and hopefully, I can help fill that void.
The fellowship includes an independent research project, and I’m currently open to recommendations on what area I should focus on. Possibilities are 1) domestic violence, 2) public perspectives on peace and how they can move the peace negotiations forward and 3) public perspectives on the legal system and how to effectively provide cheap trustworthy legal services. If you have any recommendations on how to start working on these ideas, or any other good research idea, please leave me a message at Gabe.Armas-Cardona@nyu.edu.
Because of this new position, updates to this blog will be sporadic until at least next weekend. I’ll try to keep you all up to date on the biggest news events, but I promise to get back to normal after next weekend.